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BinaxNOW 6 pack monitored question

We have two international trips planned in the next 3 months so we are ordering the 6 pack of monitored tests through emed.com. When finishing the order it said “Warning: do not open the box when it arrives”. Then you have to “go to emed.com to activate your kit”. My question is how are these packaged and can just some test kits be taken with you? I know you have to download an app and make an account before we leave the US. We’d like to just take 4 kits with us for the first trip and save the other 2 for our July trip if they are still needed for our return flight. Maybe it will be crystal clear when the box of 6 arrives but if you’ve had experience with this, I’d appreciate your help understanding about the box of six, the Do Not Open, and what I can actually take with me without invalidating the individual tests.

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8632 posts

It is the individual test boxes they don’t want you to open. Feel free to open the shipping box and take the number of test kits you desire.

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6672 posts

I have the 6 pack
Each test is individually boxed with the DO NOT OPEN warning on each test box
9x5 about 1 inch deep

You can take just the number you need

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8632 posts

I wanted to add that I have changed the way I pack these tests. The last trip the test box got practically flattened in my suitcase during transit. My next trip I have found just the right size plastic case to put them in to make sure they will look “unopened” at the right time.

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186 posts

Isn’t it a shame the boxes are so unnecessarily large.

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3992 posts

Thanks so much for these reassuring replies. Our test day falls on a Sunday when I know fewer pharmacies will be open so I want these official tests as our testing option. Thanks too for the tip about box cruising issues. I will probably put them in my personal bag and they won’t add much weight, just volume.

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We used these kits successfully on recent trips to Italy and Greece. However, we experienced an issue with 1 of the kits in which the bottle with the drops of liquid was empty making the kit useless. The company sent us a new kit, but that didn't help at that particular moment. Since the top can be replaced, we saved the unused drops from the next kits in case this situation occurred again.

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This has been helpful, tagging on with an additional question: I’ve read the emed.com FAQs and am confused. I ordered a 6-pack and was planning on bringing 3 for myself and giving 3 to my husband for our upcoming trip. Assuming he sets up his own emed/Navica account, will he be able to receive a proctored result while we’re abroad? Or do I need to order a separate 6-pack under his ID? The emed website says both
“Traveling Couples & Groups: Remember to obtain a prescribed test under each unique user profile by signing up on eMed.com and then completing the COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire to determine eligibility by clicking the Order Now button.”
and
“CAN I SHARE MY 6-PACK WITH OTHERS?
Yes. However, for travelers, please be aware that eMed recommends that each individual travels with at least two testing kits at a time. Additionally, each person who tests on eMed.com is required to create an eMed account.”
Thanks in advance for any experience you can share.
Peggy

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No problem sharing them with as many people as you like as long as they each set up their own account. I've shared my original 6 pack with 3 other people.

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I appreciate this thread. I went to the site and read all of the information. It mentiones three specific US Airlines as accepting this test for return to the US. Does anyone have experience using this test to meet US re-entry requirements when flying back using non-US based international airlines?

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I used them on TAP Portugal with no trouble. I think airlines just want to be in compliance with the laws of the destination country, they generally don’t care beyond that. So they’d have no reason to refuse a test specifically stated to be accepted by the US. Of course I can’t speak for all airlines but I’d be very surprised if this was a problem in Europe.

Having a web link of the cdc approval might be smart. I didn’t need it, the airline rep just looked at the digital test result for 2 seconds and waved me on.

People are flying with hundreds of different tests given by pharmacies, airport test centers, doctors, hospitals, everything, from multiple countries. There’s no one standard that the airline is used to. I can tell you that my result PDF does not say “self test”. It has the lab name, a US address, the date and time, my information, a bunch of info like lab numbers and things I can’t identify, and the result - Negative in big letters. It’s a very official result report.

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108 posts

I used the BinoxNOW Ag test last month coming from Johannesburg to Seattle on British Air with no problem.

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2240 posts

We shared our 6 pack of tests amongst 5 of us last summer. We did take a couple extra kits, but not 2 each. Keep the individual boxes intact, but yes you can open the shipping box. We took them in our carryons.

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Does each person in the family had to have their own emed account? I’m assuming yes.

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lulu, yes each has to have his/her own account unless they are a minor and they show up on parent's account.

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Thanks Carol! I can’t tell you how happy I am to have my tech savvy sons on this trip with us.

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6672 posts

Does each person in the family had to have their own emed account? I’m
assuming yes.

To clarify-
One person needs to have the NAVICA app downloaded and set up before leaving USA
OR
an account set up online with emed.com
That person can then add other members of their party to their account

This question has been answered multiple times, you posted the answer yourself that you got from emed.
Scroll down to 11th post from bottom.

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/italy/what-happens-if-you-test-positive-at-the-pharmacy

*> Posted by Lulu348 OP Indiana 04/13/22 10:59 AM 703 posts Report I

sent some questions to emed, this was their response. I hope this is
helpful. So, it looks like I need to download the NAVICA app while I’m
still home. I liked that it was only 3 days to receive, so I might
wait. Yes, you can share the 6PACK with anyone. You can even share it
with 6 different individuals. Each of them and you have to create a
personal NAVICA ACCOUNT on the NAVICA APP or in our site at EMED.COM
when you start the test. The NAVICA app is the one used to be tested.
As soon as you log in, you will be tested with the proctors
assistance, There´s no need of booking an appointment for the test
because we are available 24/7. You can also have only an account and
add your family members to that one as MANAGED PROFILES. When you
create the NAVICA ACCOUNT, you go to account in and look for the
"managed profiles" section. You can add as many people as you need.
When you add them, please log off for 15 minutes for the change to
happen.
*Or you can go to https://www.mynavica.abbott/ and create your account and also the managed accounts.
*All of you can not be tested at the same time. It has to be one by one. THE NAVICA ACCOUNT CAN
T BE DOWNLOADING OUTSIDE THE US. (but you
can go to EMED.COM and login with NAVICA. It is the same process )
Remember that we work 24/7, so in case you have any other doubts,
please reach to us at 1-866-955-1173. NOTE: Normally, the six-pack
arrives the next night via overnight shipping, but due to high demand,
it may arrive 48 to 72 hours after purchase. Best regards,*

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Thanks Christine for reminding me. I’m trying to contact emed, but can’t get through. If each of my family members download the NAVICA app and have an account, is there any reason they have to have an account on emed?

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6672 posts

As posted above- only ONE person in your traveling party needs to have the NAVICA app OR an emed account.
All others can be added to that account.

To clarify-
One person needs to have the NAVICA app downloaded and set up before leaving USA
OR
an account set up online with emed.com
That person can then add other members of their party to their account

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981 posts

It probably wouldn’t hurt to have a couple in the party have the NAVICA app, just in case a phone gets lost.

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6672 posts

Sure
Why not

I’d still just have ONE account
Put the NAVICA app on all of your phones/devices if you like but use just ONE account with ONE login

Doesn’t matter which phone/device it’s on

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Gail, is there a reason all of you had an emed and the NAVICA app? Sorry for so many questions, I’m just anxious about it all. I suppose if there is no reason why we can’t have both fir all, there is no reason not to.

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It is quite simple
You need the NAVICA app account for one set up OR you just use emed.com online
Once you set up your account on NAVICA app
You then add the other adults to it
You then can manage them all under “Manage Profiles”

There is NO need to have both the NAVICA app AND and emed account
You can have EITHER as is explained above

I don’t know how else to explain this
It’s been explained over and over and over and it is also explained in the response you got directly from emed above

If you want everyone to have their own NAVICA app account then do that
If you want everyone to have their own emed.com account then do that

There is no need for all of that but if it makes you feel better then do whatever works

If each person has their own NAVICA app account or emed.com then all can do test at same time which might be what works for you but if all are testing at same time all will be occupied at same time and not available to assist YOU with your test process if needed

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Christine, it did say on either the NAVICA app or emed to set up profiles for minors or adults that needed assistance, which has added to the confusion. Thank you for your help. I didn’t mean to irritate you.

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Gail, that video was very helpful! I wish we all had tripods, although I’m bringing my iPad and that might do the trick.

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Just a reminder to others reading this thread and looking for info-

The BinaxNOW online proctored test is just an OPTION you have for re-entry testing.
It is not a requirement.

If you want the added insurance then it’s fine but it will cost you more than just a test at a pharmacy. Most pharmacies will do the test without an appointment- could not be simpler.
(Having the tests on hand if you are saying somewhere remote or need to test on a holiday or Sunday is probably a good idea)

If you chose to use the BinaxNOW
Be sure you have the NAVICA app downloaded and set up before you leave the USA. Be sure you have good wifi where you are taking this proctored test.

The simplest thing to do is to just go to a pharmacy in Italy and get your test done there. Ask for the results printed in English. It will be quick and cheap (about 22 euros, less than 30 min).

You can locate a pharmacy near where you are staying by using Google maps. Locate your lodgings- then “search nearby” for “pharmacy”
You can email that pharmacy to ask if they require an appointment.

You can also ask your hotel to recommend a pharmacy and/or make the appointment for you.

Another test option is what Roman Guy is offering- appears to be a Skip the Line appointment at a public testing facility.
https://theromanguy.com/tours/italy/rome/rome-covid-test?guests=1

There is no need to be anxious or confused about something so simple.