Several testing sites are also available around the metro

In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and Vault Medical Services, the Metropolitan Airports Commission has opened the state’s ninth COVID-19 PCR saliva testing location, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The airport site officially opened Thursday, Nov. 12. The site is located in Terminal 1, Level 3 of Blue & Red Ramp Hub Building at the former Terminal 1 Car Rental Counter area.

The testing site expands COVID-19 testing capacity for Minnesota residents and could help ease concerns about travel for some during the current pandemic.

Testing reservations are already being taken at the MSP location, but they are not required.

To access the nearest parking to the MSP COVID-19 testing location, drive to the Terminal 1 entry plaza for parking ramps. Follow directions to the Blue Ramp, Level 4. Use the ramp elevator and go to Level 3 to enter the hub building. The location is also accessible from Terminal 1 by taking the tram to Red/Blue parking ramps. Use the elevators to Level 3.

COVID-19 testing is available at no cost at all MDH community testing sites. Plans are to make more community testing locations available across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested.

To get tested at these sites, no identification is required, there is no cost and no insurance is required, and while appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome.

These saliva tests are more comfortable than nasal swabs and just as accurate, but they may not be a good option for those with low saliva production, such as very young children or people who have suffered a stroke. Results are emailed 24 to 48 hours after taking the test.

A list of all free saliva testing sites are available at Other free MDH testing options are available by visiting, while information about COVID-19 home tests are available by visiting

The state is opening up several saliva testing sites across Minnesota. As new locations open, they will be included at

All sites will be closed the following dates:

- Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving

- Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas.

For more information about saliva testing, email, or call 800-800-5698.

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