Pre departure Covid test in Canada. How ?

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Qantas will be requiring all passengers departing their flights from Vancouver to have had a < 72hour Covid test. So for those lucky folks who say 48-72 hrs out will be in Whistler or Revelstoke or Red Mountain or wherever - how does one get an asymptomatic Covid test in these sorts of places ??
 

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Answering my own query - I've had multiple responses confirming that the only places you'll get the required travel PCR test is Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna or Kamloops. And probably no later than 30 hours before your flight. Better factor that into one's planning :(

 

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Sheesh. $240 by appointment only plus losing potential 2 days out of a trip.
You being in the know, would you think the resorts might/should be offering such testing in their medical centres?
 

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I had to pay $280 NZD for a travel related covid test in Queenstown to fly back to the USA. Cost of travel during a pandemic.

Best solution right now for America is these at home test kits that you buy before you depart (BinaxNow) and include a virtual visit with an authorized person who watches you do the test and verifies the result and gives you the letter for travel. They're about $70USD for tests+virtual visit. Hopefully Australia loosens restrictions to allow for something like that, but I would not hold my breath.
 

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Sheesh. $240 by appointment only plus losing potential 2 days out of a trip.
You being in the know, would you think the resorts might/should be offering such testing in their medical centres?

I strongly doubt it, but who really knows until the time comes.

But by having the testing centers at major travel hubs, they maintain some degree of control & standardization.
 

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Some of the big hotels in Whistler are co-ordinating in the hotel for guests. They are also at more competitiv/reasonable prices
 
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LifeLabs (https://www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/predeparture/?myProvince=bc) are offering pre-departure tests for $150 (+tax). Specimens can be collected at Shoppers Drug Marts in Kamloops and Kelowna for the interior, but those are the only interior locations. West Vancouver Shoppers Drug Mart is the closest specimen collection to Whistler.

I also understand that there are self-testing kits that are offered to those arriving in Canada and are required to take post-arrival tests. These are done under medical supervision via videolink. I suppose it is possible that these could also be used as a means to collect specimens for pre-departure tests too.

As @main street says, it is going to be a wait and see situation - things are certain to change as international travel opens up.
 

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Qantas will be requiring all passengers departing their flights from Vancouver to have had a < 72hour Covid test. So for those lucky folks who say 48-72 hrs out will be in Whistler or Revelstoke or Red Mountain or wherever - how does one get an asymptomatic Covid test in these sorts of places ??
An "asymptomatic Covid test" is a test where your test result is positive, but you don't have any symptoms.

Qantas will require proof of a COVID test where your result is negative. You also need to determine what type of test Qantas/ Australian authorities require upon reentry to Australia. (PCR or Rapid Antigen test)

## Edit the health.gov.au site says "COVID-19 PCR testing is required". This may change by Jan/Feb, as there has been discussion about accepting Rapid Antigen tests)
 
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My cousin Flew from Montreal to Boston to Iceland for 2 weeks. Needed a test to get home, Iceland paid for it.. free They are pretty confident there with high 80% full vaccination. That will be heading to our part of the woods soon enough
 
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LifeLabs (https://www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/predeparture/?myProvince=bc) are offering pre-departure tests for $150 (+tax). Specimens can be collected at Shoppers Drug Marts in Kamloops and Kelowna for the interior, but those are the only interior locations. West Vancouver Shoppers Drug Mart is the closest specimen collection to Whistler.

I also understand that there are self-testing kits that are offered to those arriving in Canada and are required to take post-arrival tests. These are done under medical supervision via videolink. I suppose it is possible that these could also be used as a means to collect specimens for pre-departure tests too.

As @main street says, it is going to be a wait and see situation - things are certain to change as international travel opens up.
Most annoying though - the Life Labs booking site will only accept Canadian phone numbers !
 
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I used https://www.gorapidtest.ca/ in Banff for my pre-departure test back to Australia. It was not cheap (CA$203 with tax), but meant I didn't lose any ski days waiting for a test in Calgary or Vancouver. I had my test @ 10:30am and got the results back around 2am that night. The results are sent via email.

You can pay extra to get the results back in 12 hours.
 
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Even trying to pre-register for the arrivals testing at YVR - the Life Labs site won't accept ou AU phone numbers. Need 10 digits, and can't start with 0
I just used the ph number of my accom. I figure I can update there when talking to a person but yeah, their system is crap.
 

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For Qantas and Australia, you require a PCR before departure. On arrival in Australia, you take a rapid antigen when you get home. Or such was last weeks requirements. Anywhere from $150 to $300 I found through my research.

Some places require you to book in 14 days in advance such is the demand right now.

Works out an expensive process for multiple travellers, or a family. Then when a flight gets cancelled, you have to go through the whole process again.
 
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