Reference Roundup: COVID-19 Testing

February 23, 2022


We've noticed an uptick in questions from our patrons about COVID-19 testing in various situations, including employment, travel, and at businesses. Here's a look at where to find more information on COVID-19 testing and the law.

Can an employer require me to show proof of a COVID-19 test?

This is by far the most frequent question we've received about COVID-19 testing as many employers are requiring periodic testing for unvaccinated employees. We have not found any state or federal laws that directly address this question, but the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has issued some guidance on COVID-19 testing for employers. See our Legal FAQ for more information. 

Can I be required to show proof of a COVID-19 test?

Many Texans have encountered requests from businesses for proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test in order to attend events like a concert or sports game. While there are several restrictions on mandatory vaccinations and showing proof of vaccination as a customer, these laws do not specifically address testing requirements. Read more about this on our Legal FAQ Can I be required to show proof of a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 Testing and Traveling

There is no required quarantine period for domestic travelers who come to Texas, but air travelers who come to the U.S. from another country will be required to show a recent negative test. Check out our Legal FAQ Do I have to quarantine if I travel to Texas? and our Immigration & Travel page of the COVID-19 & Texas Law guide for more info about traveling concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you have another question about COVID-19 testing that wasn't addressed here? Let us know if we can help!

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