By Claire Newell
Dec 9, 2021
Canada’s two largest airlines are now offering customers the opportunity to buy portable testing kits for travel.
Air Canada first introduced its test kits back in October, partnering with Switch Health to offer rapid antigen and RT-LAMP test kits to Aeroplan members at a discount. Now WestJet and its low-cost affiliate carrier Swoop are teaming up with AZOVA to expand options for customers.
On top of its network of testing sites, AZOVA offers at-home RT-LAMP tests, called the Lucira Check-It COVID-19 test kit. It comes with video proctoring and can be delivered to your home in Canada. These tests meet the entrance requirements for most destinations and can also be taken with you on your trip, to be used upon your return to Canada. The company will also ship the kits to your destination if it’s in the U.S.
Travellers can also use AZOVA’s site to source information on the entry and testing requirements for their chosen destination. All travellers over the age of 2 must show a negative RT-LAMP or PCR test in order to enter Canada, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
Air travellers arriving from destinations outside Canada, with the exception of the United States, must also take a PCR test when they arrive. They must then isolate until they receive a negative test result.
Travellers arriving by land borders, who’ve been outside the country for more than 72 hours, must still submit a negative RT-LAMP or PCR test result upon entry to Canada.