For what it's worth......I live in South Florida and have flights scheduled to PUJ, although not for another 2 months so I have some time to wait, and see what happens.
However, when I read yesterday, the need for the required health certificate yesterday, I was curious about how and where we could get tested before we travel as I've really had no reason to be tested to date. I called around to the many testing sites we have in Broward and Dade counties.
What I found out is:
* Most require you to have symptoms, be a first responder, or in some cases, feel that you have been exposed, before they issue an appt for the test.
* A very few will allow asymptomatic people to get tested (in other words, just for the hell of it if you're asymptomatic).You need to be vetted first and then make an appt at most of those. However, there are a few that are walk-ups, no appt needed.
* 3 of the 4 sites I inquired with who will indeed test if you're asymptomatic, you can get an appt advised, in a nutshell: if there are any appts available. Everyone who is symptomatic or a first responder will be given an appt first. However, you can wait on the line. Mind you, lines at many of these sites are hours long and day after day we hear stories on the news that they had to turn people away after waiting for hours, because they ran out of test kits or have limited the number of tests done per day.
I'm not a first responder nor would I plan on traveling if I were indeed symptomatic so......
What I found interesting is that each site also advised the turn around time for the test results is "5-7 days". Not one offered a shorter trun around time. Not sure how I would be able to get a test within 5 days of travel and be sure I have results back on time. I can only imagine the line once we arrive in PUJ, to be tested, if we don't carry a negative test result with us, and then the wait to be sure we're negative. I'm hoping that once the airports open and things are re-evaluated, there will be an easier solution.