How to use eMed and the Navica app to access the only CDC approved, home-based COVID-19 testing kit

covid-19 home test from emed

The newly launched Navica app gives you the option of COVID-19 testing at home and provides you with a coveted digital health pass.

It’s no surprise to anyone worldwide that COVID-19 has changed how we travel, work, and manage our health.

Whether you’re needing a negative test for re-entry into the U.S. or are required to test negative before returning to work, take advantage of this convenient way to test at home and digitally receive your results within minutes.

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What is eMed and how do you get started with their home-based COVID-19 testing kit? Navica at home covid-19 test kit

eMed is a telehealth company that has created an innovative, digital point-of-care platform to provide at-home healthcare services. They recently partnered with multiple airlines, such as United, to offer U.S. citizens the option of a home-based COVID-19 testing kit.

A large part of their website is geared towards helping international travelers meet re-entry requirements, but their tests are also available for other reasons. Anyone can purchase a testing kit.

Even if you aren’t traveling, perhaps your work requires a negative test to return to the office. Other organizations, such as concert venues and sporting events, may require attendees to provide a negative test, regardless of vaccination status.

With the additional stress of securing a test while traveling, eMed give you peace of mind knowing that all testing is supervised and proctored by eMed’s Certified Guides who will walk you through the entire process online.

The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is available for adults and children four years of age or older.

Children 15 or older can self-collect and perform the test under the observation of the eMed Certified Guide. Any children under age 15 (betwee ages 4-14) must have an adult present to perform the sample collection under the observation of an eMed Certified Guide.

As of August 2021, eMed, and their partner app, Navica, provide the only CDC-accepted, home-based COVID-19 testing kit for international travel.

Here’s how you start if using the test for travel:

  1. Book your flights (assuming you are returning to the U.S.)
  2. Order the COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests from eMed’s website
    1. For individuals traveling as a couple or with family, make sure you select the option Myself and others when answering the eMed testing questionnaire under are you ordering for yourself or someone else? eMed option to purchase test for self and self and others or just others
    2. You must enter the full name (first and last) of each person taking the test–up to 3 people (2 tests per person.) If there are more members in your family, order additional kits and select Others when answering the testing questionnaire. eMed covid at home test enter the full names of each test taker up to 3 people
    3. Only the test purchaser can set up an eMed user account (any listed others do not need a separate eMed account.) You can only purchase tests if you are 18 years of age or older
  3. Receive tests shipped to your U.S. address (or find local pick-up location)
  4. Create a digital health pass account and download the Navica app
    1. If you are travelling with family, each person (adult) must install Navica on their own device and create an account. For children under 17, set up a managed account in the app
  5. Pack two tests per person in your carry-on luggage

How do you use the Navica app and its home testing kit?

This first step is very important. You must download the app and create a digital health pass account BEFORE your board your international flight to leave the country. app for covid-19 test

You can download the app for free, and it is compatible with both iOS and Android mobile devices. Once downloaded, simply enter in some basic information to create an account.  

You must create a Managed Account for any children and minors 17 in the Navica app.

To begin your test:

  1. Set aside some time a maximum of three days before you return to the U.S.
  2. Start your session by visiting and selecting “START TEST
  3. Wait in the queue until you are prompted by an online guide to self-administer your nasal swab
  4. Receive your test result in the Navica app
  5. Scan the QR code of your encrypted digital pass to board your flight covid-19 home test kit

Navigating around the app itself is extremely simple. Along the bottom, you’ll find a few tabs that provide you with your results in various forms.

To access your time-sensitive and encrypted digital health pass with QR code for scanning, click on “Pass”. health pass digital on navica

To share or print a PDF version of your negative test result, click on “Results”. PDF or print navica covid-19 results

What are the benefits of using the Navica app for COVID-19 testing at home?

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Cost-effective at $25 a test
  • No waiting in line at a public testing site
  • Digital results sent to mobile phone via app and email
  • Results come at 20 minutes or less
  • Accepted (and partners with) several major airlines (United, American, and Delta to date)

What are the drawbacks?

  • To the same point, this kit is only currently contracted with several airlines (uncertain if test is accepted by their partner airlines)
  • Two plus hours of waiting needed from start to finish
  • Good internet connection needed
  • Only valid for re-entry to the U.S. (can’t be used to enter a foreign country)

How to set up a managed account in the Navica app

If you are travelling with children under 17, you must create a managed account in the NAVICA app.

You can also use Navica’s managed account for aging disabled parents or loved ones and any person whom you manage their healthcare.

  1. Log into Navica App using your credentials (must be an adult that’s already created an account)
  2. Choose the profile icon at the top profile and account icon in Navica app
  3. Tap Add a Managed Profile add managed profile option in Navica app
  4. Choose the Add a Managed Profile button
  5. Scroll and read through the Managed Profile agreement and tap Yes
  6. Add your child’s or minor’s details including full name and date of birth
  7. Type in their address details (even if these details are the same as yours)
  8. Add further details like gender, ethnicity, and so forth and tap Create Profile
  9. Once Navica creates your child’s or minor’s profile, tap Done
  10. Repeat for any additional minors or children

Additional thoughts and tips

While traveling to Italy in August 2021, I utilized eMed and the Navica app to get my negative COVID-19 test before returning to the U.S. The testing kits don’t take up much space in your luggage, and the app is simple to set up and use. home covid-19 test with emed

I found the proctored test to be very structured and easy to follow. You’ll be on a video chat with a certified guide. They will be able to see you (in order to verify you are completing the nasal swab correctly), but you will only be able to hear (and not see) them.

Even though the time from completing the nasal swab to getting my test results took a mere 20-25 minutes, waiting in the queue to be paired with a proctor took about an hour and a half to two hours!

The nice thing about this is you can set it and forget it. Choose an evening when you are back lounging in your hotel. Get in the queue, and just watch a movie or answer emails while you wait.

As someone who has also stood in line at a public testing site, I spent about two and a half hours of my time from start to finish.

So, the waiting time is similar whether you do the COVID-19 testing at home or in public. I still think that being able to wait while you watch a movie is better than standing out on a busy street to get the same result.

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  1. Looks easy enough but I’ll soon be traveling to Italy and purchased the 6 pack with the intention of sharing with my husband.

    I did list him as one of the individuals who will be using the tests but he is unable to create an eMed account without purchasing more tests!

    Is the Navica app all that he will need to test and provide test results? Unclear from above instructions.

    • Hi Cindy,

      We contacted eMed to make sure our information is correct and they let us know that as long as you selected the option that you were ordering the testing kit for “Myself and Others” that you and your husband can use that 6 pack of testing kits. You and your husband need to download and install the Navica app on separate devices, however, and create separate accounts.

      The user profile for eMed is to track the testing kit itself, in case there are any issues with those 6 tests.

      If you have any additional concerns, we suggest you reach out to eMed customer service at +1 (866) 955-1173.

    • Hola Eddy,

      Right now eMed is available in the United States only (En este momento, eMed solo está disponible en los Estados Unidos.)

  2. Help please, I just ordered the 6pk test. When inputting names it only ask for three names. I need enough test for 6pp. Can the other 3pp use the test I just ordered? I’m confused

    • HI Kim,

      Each 6 pack is good for up to 3 people since you need to take 2 tests per person (one before leaving and one before coming returning.) So for 6 people, you need 2 6-packs of tests.


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