The COVID-19 pandemic has made travelling a little more complicated. Many airlines and countries across the globe — including Canada — have been asking for proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel across borders.
For more than 50 years, LifeLabs has been serving the health care needs of Canadians with lab tests that help diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent diseases. As Canada’s largest lab provider, LifeLabs performs more than 112 million tests each year.
The health and well-being of travellers as they start their journey is the top priority of FlyClear™ by LifeLabs.
Early in the pandemic, LifeLabs recognized that Canadians making essential trips required access to fast and accurate COVID-19 testing when planning travel. That’s when it launched FlyClear™ to provide a COVID-19 testing solution for Canadian travellers. Now available across Ontario and British Columbia, FlyClear™ by LifeLabs offers both pre-departure and on-arrival testing.
“As the medical science around COVID-19 continues to evolve, the ability to travel safely is critical. Our infectious disease and medical microbiologists have developed testing protocols that ensure those who need to fly, can fly with confidence,” says Dr. Andrew Don-Wauchope, M.D., Vice President of Clinical Services at LifeLabs. “The health and well-being of travellers as they start their journey is the top priority of FlyClear™ by LifeLabs.”
How do I get tested pre-departure?
With FlyClear™ by LifeLabs, travellers will receive their test results within 48 hours, allowing peace of mind while travelling. FlyClear™ offers both COVID-19 PCR and antibody testing, in just five simple steps:
Determine which test you need
Depending on where you’re travelling, you may need to get one or both types of COVID-19 tests — the molecular swab test, which uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR)/nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) technology to detect whether you have an active infection, or the COVID-19 antibody blood test, which checks for different types of antibodies developed after exposure to COVID-19.
Calculate your testing window
Using a simple form on the FlyClear™ by LifeLabs website, enter your flight information to confirm that you have enough time to get tested before you travel.
A simple questionnaire will provide
you with testing requirements for your destination country. Requirements are different for every country, so make sure you check out your travel destination’s official government website.
Book your molecular COVID-19 swab test appointment
at participating Shoppers Drug Mart® locations across BC and Ontario. If you require antibody testing as well, you can book your appointment at a LifeLabs clinic. The PCR test costs $199 plus HST, and the antibody test is only $75 plus HST.
Within 48 hours, your results will be emailed to you.