Now that the U.S. border has reopened to Canadians, road trips to the States are finally possible again. Whether you want to do a little shopping in Buffalo for the day or make a weekend of it, you can do so pretty easily if you’re fully vaccinated.
As a traveller crossing the border, you will be asked about your vaccination status and may have to show proof upon request. As of right now, all Health Canada-approved vaccines are accepted as long as it’s been at least 14 days since your second dose. Children under 18 years old are exempt.
As for getting back home, the requirements are a little bit different. Those crossing back into Canada from the U.S. will have to present a negative PCR test result, and that applies to everyone over the age of five. The test must be taken within 72 hours of your arrival, with the results uploaded on the ArriveCAN app.
But, if you’re taking a quick trip across the border, you’re allowed to take a pre-arrival molecular test before you leave Canada, as long as it’s within the 72-hour window. With that being said, there are several places you can get your PCR test done in Toronto before you leave for your trip.
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Appletree Medical Group offers COVID-19 testing for your travel needs as long as your appointment is between 60 and 72 hours of your departure. The cost is $175.60 and there are 6 locations in the GTA to choose from.
Canadian Travel Clinics provides pre-departure testing at their clinics downtown, in North York, Mississauga and Brampton. The results are available in 8 to 36 hours. You can get your PCR test and a travel certificate for $170.
Medcan by Switch Health lets you take your PCR test in person or with a take-home kit and virtual guidance from a Switch Health nurse. The cost is $180+HST you receive the test at the Medcan clinic in downtown Toronto and the kits are available on-site or shipping for $200+HST.
Maple has four locations for PCR testing in Toronto and the GTA. Your test results will be available the same day or the next day by midnight, and you can book your appointment by making an account. The test costs $159 with taxes included.
Now that you have everything you need, all that’s left to do is pack your bags!