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
    Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 9:38
  • I will be staying in Vancouver the last couple of days and I am flying to NY Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 10:50
  • You can just do the free government COVID test and fly with that
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 17:22
  • @JonathanReez could you please elaborate? I don't know what is "the government COVID test". Commented 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
    Commented 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? Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 15:52
  • Yes, at least in my experience.
    – Ben Bolker
    Commented 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? Commented 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. Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 16:01

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