Pre-Flight Testing Options (Antigen & PCR/RT-LAMP)
It is important that you plan ahead and book any pre-flight testing well in advance to ensure that you get appointments that will work with your driving or flight schedule.
In Canada pre-flight testing can be done in some provinces at Life Labs and Shoppers Drug Mart. There are also several clinics with multiple locations including CVM Medical (which has a location at YVR that opens at 5:30am) & Rock Doc plus more options below.
Many resorts & cruise lines are offering pre-flight PCR tests to return to Canada for free or at a nominal cost for their clients. The Canadian tour operators and airlines have resources for their clients to find and book the PCR tests on their websites. And, many airports have on-site labs which offer pre-flight testing. You can also do a Google search with your ‘DESTINATION + PCR test for travel’ and options should pop-up.
Self administered tests can now be purchased through switchhealth.ca. The kits require an internet-connected mobile device with a camera. The pre-flight anitgen tests are available (2 for $129 CAD) & RT-LAMP tests which are accepted for re-entry into Canada ($199 CAD). Aeroplan members receive a discounted rate as well through Switch Health for Aeroplan members, the pre-flight anitgen tests (2 for $79 CAD) & RT-LAMP tests ($149 CAD). We recommend ordering these.
Testing Clinic Options
Clinics with Multiple Locations across Canada
Shoppers Drug Mart: click here to find a location
Life Labs: Click here to find a location
Rockdoc Consulting Inc: Vancouver (Kitsilano), Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax Testing. Click here to schedule an appointment
CVM Medical: Richmond including YVR Vancouver International Airport, Nanaimo & Calgary Testing. Click here to schedule an appointment
Travel Medicine & Vaccination Clinic: 17 clinics across BC. Click here to schedule an appointment
Fraser Valley Travel Clinic: Serving the area 7 days a week – The turn-around-time for tests is typically 18-22 hours. Click here to schedule an appointment
Canadian Travel Medical: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Brampton & Toronto. Click here to schedule an appointment