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COVID-19 testing kits and screening services

Get PCR tests, COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits, or at-home virtual COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for travel.

PCR testing

Best use: Travel or required molecular test

Order a Health Canada-approved molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, administered by registered medical professionals. They work by detecting genetic material belonging to the COVID-19 virus. Receive lab-tested results in under 48-hours.

Rapid antigen test kit

Best use: Social events, school or workplace

Order a Health Canada-authorized rapid antigen test kit for easy and convenient COVID-19 screening. They work by detecting certain proteins in the virus to confirm its presence. Get peace of mind with results in 15 minutes and 90% accuracy.

Virtual rapid antigen test for travel

Best use: International travel

For those traveling to international destinations that require a negative COVID-19 test result. Have your results supervised by a licensed Canadian nurse. Tests can be taken from any country, as long as internet access is available.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which testing option is right for me?

We offer three different types of COVID-19 testing kits with different applications.

The PCR test takes longer to process (48 hours) as it needs to be performed at a lab, and can be more costly. As a result, this one is recommended only if required for travel or another type of certification.

The rapid antigen test is the most commonly used test as it can be performed at home in around 15 minutes and doesn’t require supervision. It’s often used before, or after, attending social events, going into work, or school. It is also the least costly option.

The at-home virtual COVID-19 rapid antigen test for travel is a service that we offer to people traveling to international destinations that require a negative COVID-19 test result that is monitored by a licensed Canadian nurse. It’s offered through a video service that you can access through your Maple account.

Which COVID-19 test do I need if I travel abroad?

COVID-19 testing requirements change over time and vary by country.

Airlines may require a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test for travel. Please check travel requirements with your airline and destination.

How long does it take to get my results?

Results vary depending on the COVID-19 test being administered.

  • PCR tests: Results within 48-hours
  • Rapid antigen tests: Results in 20 minutes
  • At-home virtual rapid antigen tests for travel: Results in 20 minutes but you must book your appointment ahead of time.
Can you travel without a COVID-19 test if you are vaccinated?

You should always refer to your local public health unit for the latest public health guidance but generally you need a COVID-19 test for travel, even if you are vaccinated.

What do I do if my test result is positive?

If you’ve tested positive, you can speak to your family doctor, or a doctor on Maple to review your results. You should also stay at home and isolate for at least five days to avoid spreading the virus to others, and check in on provincial guidelines as they may differ. Do call 911 if you experience serious COVID-19 symptoms like shortness of breath.