I will be travelling to Canada and from there to US. The US regulations require a negative Covid test and I am currently researching options to do a test. The Hotel I will be staying in recommended a place (Amani Travel Health Clinic ) but I do not understand the difference between the different options and they also look a bit pricey. So a couple of questions:

  • Can someone recommend what is the best option for a test - it does not have to be the same place but what would a Canadian typically take to travel to US.

  • Do the prices listed in this place sounds reasonable?

EDIT: I will be staying in Vancouver the last few days and I will be flying to US

  • Where and how long are you staying in Canada? How are you going to the U.S.? In any case $129 for an antigen test is a rip off. There are plenty of providers for antigen test unless your need is particular or urgent. Ask the local pharmacies.
    – xngtng
    Apr 28, 2022 at 9:38
  • I will be staying in Vancouver the last couple of days and I am flying to NY Apr 28, 2022 at 10:50
  • You can just do the free government COVID test and fly with that
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 28, 2022 at 17:22
  • @JonathanReez could you please elaborate? I don't know what is "the government COVID test". Apr 28, 2022 at 18:55
  • Not adding an answer as I don’t know the details but a friend of mine just got the free Covid test from a pharmacy or something like that and used that to fly. It’s whatever is the official free test for Canadians.
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 28, 2022 at 19:24

2 Answers 2


$129 for a supervised rapid antigen test is definitely overpriced.

I went to Shopper's Drug Mart, a national chain; here's a list of stores for a randomly chosen Vancouver postal code, but you could look for stores near your hotel. You can book a supervised rapid antigen test, it costs $40 (plus tax) and takes 15-20 minutes (you might want to allow 30 minutes). They gave me a printout of the result; I took a photo with my phone and uploaded it to the airline's check-in page (and brought the paper with me).

Ref: I got a test at SDM in Ontario for travel to Boston last week.

  • Thank you for the suggestion! Is this printout considered legal evidence on the US border? Apr 28, 2022 at 15:52
  • Yes, at least in my experience.
    – Ben Bolker
    Apr 28, 2022 at 15:56

The testing requirements for a non-US-citizen flying to the US are on this CDC page. A rapid antigen test is acceptable.

Googling "rapid antigen test Vancouver BC" will return many results.

  • Yes, I have read the regulations. My question is more on the - are there better options for a place to do the test? Is the price listed on this site reasonable or too expensive? Apr 28, 2022 at 15:53
  • Questions about shopping are off-topic here. You should look at the listings, compare prices and locations, and consider how you'd get there to take the test...and then pick one. Apr 28, 2022 at 16:01

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