Ontario has announced the launch of a pilot COVID-19 rapid test program at Lester B. Pearson in Toronto. Earlier, the country introduced restrictions for passengers arriving from abroad: 3 days before departure, you need to pass a COVID-19 test, and observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The pilot test program complements the basic requirements.
Testing sponsored by the Government of Ontario. It is conducted by the licensed Switch Health laboratory. You can take the test at Terminals 1 and 3 at Canada Airport. Testing is free and voluntary, done by PCR (nasopharyngeal swab). Results will be emailed approximately 48 hours after the test.
Who can Take the Covid Test in Toronto?
Canadian citizens who return to their home countries and foreign citizens who have permission to stay in the country. You cannot take the test at the airport: passengers on federal flights (even if they arrived from abroad to another city in Canada and then flew to Toronto); passengers with symptoms of Covid test in Toronto and those who have been in contact with infected people in the past 14 days; passengers who do not have a quarantine plan; passengers who will be in Ontario for less than 14 days after arrival.
How do I Register for the Test?
Passengers first upload their quarantine plan to the Arrive CAN app, then take a pre-flight test. After that, you can register for testing at the airport. It is not necessary to register in advance – you can do it on the spot.
Does Taking the Test at the Airport cancel the 14-day Quarantine?
No, it’s not. Express testing at Pearson Airport does not affect travel restrictions in any way, even if you test negative.
What if the Test is Positive?
If a passenger is diagnosed with COVID-19, the laboratory will forward the information to the local public health unit. The doctor will contact the passenger and tell you about what to do next.
When to get a Negative Pre-Entry Test Result
Flying to Canada
You must take a molecular test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada.
If you have a connecting flight:
- the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
- you may need to schedule the test in your transit city
Airlines will refuse boarding to travelers who are unable to provide a valid negative molecular test result or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken between 14 and 180 days.
Providing Proof of your Result
When you arrive at the border, you must present an accepted negative molecular test result (paper or electronic proof) or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken between 14 and 180 days that includes:
- Traveler name and date of birth
- Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
- The date on which the test was conducted
- The type of test conducted
- The test results
You must show proof of your test results even if you:
- have tested negative for COVID-19 previous to the 72-hour period
- have been vaccinated for COVID-19
- recovered from COVID-19 and no longer test positive
- recovered from COVID-19 and continue to test positive
Keep proof of your test results with you for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.
Travelers should have their test performed at a reputable laboratory or testing facility (i.e., one recognized by the local government or accredited by a third party, such as a professional organization.