COVID-19 Testing

Rapid COVID-19 RT-PCR Test

Cost: $175

Result Time: In About 3 Hours, or by End of Day

LabXpress’ Same Day RT-PCR tests provide Phoenix residents and visitors with our most sensitive COVID-19 testing option and utilize the current industry gold standard in testing technology. It is also known as a molecular test and will satisfy the testing requirements for nearly every employer, medical facility, airline, cruise line, or travel destination requiring a negative result from a RT-PCR, PCR, or molecular test, except the State of Hawaii. Here are some reasons why you may want to choose our RT-PCR test over our Rapid Antigen Test.
  • If you have upcoming international or domestic travel that requires proof of a negative PCR test (except State of Hawaii.)
  • If you are not symptomatic, but know you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and want the most sensitive testing option available.
  • Regardless of symptoms, if you wonder about the possibility of having been exposed to COVID-19 and want the security and peace of mind of taking the most sensitive testing option available.
For more specific details about the LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test, see our FAQ section.

NEED COVID-19 Testing for Travel From Phoenix?

Traveling in the age of COVID-19 can be complicated. Knowing what travel restrictions and regulations are currently in place for your destination is crucial to a successful and stress-free trip. With domestic and international travel regulations changing constantly, LabXpress is unable to guarantee that any test will meet the needs of your specific destinations. That said, it is our understanding that the LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test meets the burden of proof for nearly every employer, medical facility, airline, cruise line, and other travel destinations, both foreign and domestic (with the exception of the State of Hawaii). However, we assume no responsibility and strongly urge you to research the latest requirements for your destinations before choosing your best testing option. For international travel, we recommend checking the U.S. State Department’s COVID-19 Country Information and for domestic travel we suggest consulting the CDC’s Travel Planner. We recommend consulting with your airline, as well.


How Drive-up Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing Works


COVID-19 testing is only performed at our locations in Downtown Phoenix and North Phoenix. Scheduling availability and times will vary by location and the volume of traffic we are experiencing that day, however appointments are typically scheduled every ten minutes throughout the day between 7:00am and 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. Physician referrals are NOT required.


Park in one of the parking spaces designated with an orange cone. Each cone has a sign with a phone number and a space number. Do not enter the lab. Remain in your car. All COVID-19 testing is performed in your vehicle. Call or send a text message with your name and space number to the phone number on the sign. Remain in your car. Someone from our team will come to your car to perform the test.

Receive Results

Test results will be made available via email and our patient portal. Depending on the volume of tests being performed that day, this can take as little as 3 hours or until the end of the day. Ask for current approximate wait times at the time of your test.


Most frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test is performed using a nasal swab to collect a sample for the purposes of detecting the RNA SARS-CoV-2.

LabXpress utilizes the Cepheid Xpert Xpress COVID-19 Assay or the Accula SARS-CoV-2 Test.

Our RT-PCR test uses multiplex reverse transcription technology. 

Our RT-PCR test has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test is only designed to show CURRENT infections and will not return a positive result once the infection has passed.

Antigen testing is only designed to show CURRENT infections and will not return a positive result once the infection has passed.

Testing positive on this RT-PCR test is considered very accurate and indicates that the genetic material of the virus has been detected and the subject is CURRENTLY infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once any infection is no longer present, the RNA vanishes and the test will return a negative result. If you test positive, you should quarantine and follow the CDC guidelines for those who have tested positive.

No COVID-19 test is 100% accurate, so following the latest COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is always very important.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test is designed to show positive results for those with CURRENT infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, even if you are not symptomatic.  However, please note that depending on the virus variant, it may take up to 5 to 6 days after exposure to return a positive RNA test result. So, while RT-PCR tests are considered very accurate for active infections, no COVID-19 test is 100% and it IS possible to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and still get a negative test result.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test is applicable for people of ALL ages, including infants.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR Test provides the highest available sensitivity and meets the requirements of almost every airline and destination except the State of Hawaii.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR Test is also a LAMP or molecular diagnostic test. It is not a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test does NOT test for anything besides the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It will NOT diagnose influenza A or B.

No. You will pay for the test by credit or debit card at the time you booking your appointment. Medicare and Medicaid will not reimburse you for this test.

The LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test is NOT an antibody test. The human body takes some time to produce antibodies, thus antibody testing is not generally used for diagnosing current infections. As such, the LabXpress COVID-19 RT-PCR test will NOT show the presence of antibodies in your blood or whether you have been exposed to an infection.

Schedule Your LabXpress Rapid COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Now

You can feel secure scheduling your LabXpress COVID-19 diagnostic antigen test knowing that LabXpress is a licensed laboratory using only FDA authorized tests (under an EUA.) 


You will be charged $175.00 at the time your scheduling is complete. We have a strict no cancellation, no refund policy, and this amount is non-refundable, so we urge you to please take time and care with your scheduling choices. Make sure you select the correct type of test, the correct location, and the correct date and time.  Please ensure you have entered all the patient’s personal information accurately before finalizing your booking. The LabXpress COVID-19 diagnostic antigen test is NOT accepted for travel to the State of Hawaii. We make every attempt to minimize contact between our patients and our staff and have eliminated the exchange of paperwork with patients at our locations. Therefore, the act of scheduling your LabXpress COVID-19 diagnostic antigen test serves as your acknowledgment of receipt and agreement that you have read, understand, and consent to the statements contained within our Informed Consent for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Joint Notice of Privacy Practices form.


Please select your preferred location, date and time. Then enter the patient’s personal information and payment method to complete the booking.


LabXpress – Downtown Phoenix

505 W McDowell Rd # A
Phoenix AZ 85003

LabXpress – North Phoenix

3305 E Greenway Rd Suite 9A
Phoenix AZ 85032