The RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase PCR) test is the ‘gold standard’ test that is accepted by all countries but involves a deep nasopharyngeal swab (uncomfortable) and must be transported and processed at an external laboratory. Turnaround time is ~30-40 hours as the logistics of transport and processing time play key delaying factors. Errors in patient identification such as incorrect spelling of name, errors in date of birth and passport number can invalidate results. Rarely there are ‘indeterminate results’ from the lab that may require repeat testing.

Cost: $180 + tax – credit or debit only

Hours: Open 7 days per week but limited to mornings on the weekend
Who: We welcome all ages
When: Ideally 2 days before. Keep in mind that most countries require a negative test within 72 hours of departure. Some African countries allow 96 hours
Where: Tests are done at Government of Canada approved laboratory ISO 151589 Certified
What: Test report and letter includes:

  • Description of test as RT-PCR
  • Demographics: name, date of birth, address, phone number and passport/identity number
  • Time of swab
  • Time swab was received at the laboratory
  • Time of printing of lab report

Ready to Book?
Call: 613-592-9081
Book here $180 + tax

Specific Considerations

  • Persistent Covid Positive test result – Clients who have been COVID positive may test positive for weeks to months after their initial infection. This does not mean they are infectious but have residual non-infectious viral particles that may complicate your testing (either “positive” or “equivocal”). The only option is to get a letter from your own family physician stating you had COVID and have recovered. Generally from 12 to 180 days post-illness you are considered to be immune and not infectious. Each country will have different requirements for travellers who had been previously infected with COVID dependent on their vaccination status. Both the IATA and Air Canada sites give valuable information for travellers dependent on whether they have had COVID and their vaccination status.

  • Canadians going to the US may use the Molecular Test (for entry via air) and use the same test result for re-entry back into Canada provided the total time away does not exceed 72 hours. Excellent for travellers for a weekend trip to New York City.

  • Non-nationals will be required to sign a waiver form prior to testing.