International Outbound Travel COVID-19 Testing
Have questions? Read our FAQs
Participating pharmacies can be found here
COVID-19 testing is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations for asymptomatic individuals who require a negative COVID-19 test in preparation for an upcoming international flight. Results are typically available within 48 hours. Cost is $199 plus applicable provincial tax.
Shoppers Drug Mart is not responsible for determining the timing required for your test. Please ensure you know how much lead time you require for your test before calling to book an appointment.
Payment will be accepted through the accredited testing lab’s online portal. If you have completed payment through the accredited testing lab’s online portal, please complete the appointment request form for the COVID-19 test found here. You will be contacted by your selected Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy about your appointment request§.
Our pharmacists use a shallow nasal COVID-19 test with minimal discomfort.
If you are travelling to Hawaii, please verify the details of the Hawaii Safe Travels program that are specific to your airline, including the effective date of the program, before booking your test. Please visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/ or contact your airline directly for more information.
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Am I eligible for the test?
In order to be eligible for testing, you must:
- Have an upcoming international flight and can provide flight details as confirmation
- Be asymptomatic (you have no symptoms of COVID-19)*
- Have not been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days**
- Have not travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Have not been advised to get tested for COVID-19 through an exposure notification through the COVID-19 app
- Have not previously tested positive for COVID-19
Fill out an intake form and pay for your test.
Through the accredited testing lab’s online portal, you will be asked to complete a digital form which includes a self-screening questionnaire, important intake details, along with payment details. Upon payment, you will receive a confirmation email, along with a requisition form that you must print prior to visiting a Shoppers Drug Mart location for your appointment. Complete the intake form which will open in a new tab: Intake Form
Book Your Appointment.
After you have completed payment through the accredited testing lab’s online portal, please complete the appointment request form for the COVID-19 test found here. You will be contacted by your selected Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy about your appointment request§. For a list of participating pharmacies, click here. Reminder – Always check the pre-travel requirements and advisories of your intended destination to ensure you meet eligibility criteria for entry to the destination. Shoppers Drug Mart is not responsible for determining the timing required for your test. Please ensure you know how much lead time you require for your test before calling to book.
Come in for your test.
You must meet eligibility criteria in order to receive the COVID-19 test in a pharmacy. If you are eligible, please arrive 5 minutes before your appointment. Your appointment should not take longer than 15-30 minutes.
Get your results!
Your results will be provided to you by email as soon as feasible, and typically within 48 hours.
Please remember you must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing while in store. Find more information on requirements for appointments at Shoppers Drug Mart here.
* Fever and/or chills, cough or barking cough (croup), shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy/congested nose, decrease or loss of taste or smell, pink eye, headache, digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, muscle aches, extreme tiredness, falling down often.
** In the past 14 days, have not had close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 and have not been notified by public health that you may have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
§ This form does not guarantee you qualify for the test. You will be contacted to confirm eligibility.