COVID-19 Testing: What does TRICARE cover?

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Coronavirus Testing Coverage

TRICARE covers COVID-19 tests when medically necessary. Medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. A TRICARE-authorized provider must order the test and must perform the test at a TRICARE-authorized lab of facility.


What types of testing does TRICARE cover?

COVID-19 tests for active duty service members as required for mission readiness and deployment.


What types of testing does TRICARE NOT cover?

Personal travel to other states or countries.


For the full list of COVID-19 testing coverage please visit the TRICARE testing page:


The COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available to all TRICARE beneficiaries. The Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a program to provide COVID-19 vaccines to service members, retirees, and their families. Under this program, the DoD will distribute the vaccines through a series of phases.


For more information on TriCare COVID Vaccine information please visit their page: