Published on : Tuesday, June 15, 2021
In an effort to streamline the trip planning process and alleviate confusion surrounding an ever-changing way of travel, Dutch Caribbean entrepreneur Julien de Bats conceptualized Test for Travel, is the first and largest platform of its kind, designed to provide travelers with accurate COVID-19 testing information, and help them find and schedule tests abroad at no cost to the user.
The platform was introduced as the demand for travel steadily returns to pre-pandemic levels and destinations continue to reopen with mandatory testing requirements in place. De Bats, who currently resides in Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean, launched Test for Travel to ease travelers’ concerns about finding COVID-19 tests on the tourism-dependent island. Shortly after Test for Travel first launched in September 2020 with a focus on Aruba, de Bats noticed a significant increase in traffic and decided to expand the website internationally.
After its latest revamp in May, Test for Travel now features over 50 destinations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania; and supports over 5,000 COVID-19 testing centers worldwide. Test for Travel continues to grow rapidly, with new destinations and centers being added daily. Test for Travel provides users with a directory of supported testing facilities within their target destination, and filters the specific types of tests, and their turnaround times, available at each center. Users can then select and conveniently contact their preferred testing center to book an appointment. Users can also read reviews of each testing location and even opt to have their COVID-19 test results translated into the language of their travel destination.
Created with the sole purpose to help travelers easily plan their trips, Test for Travel’s three-step process is completely free of charge. The website additionally includes a directory of at-home COVID-19 testing kit options for users traveling to destinations that accept these results. Test for Travel is updated in real-time, providing users, tourism boards and destination marketing organizations with the most accurate COVID-19 testing information around the world.