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Here are some must-know tips for travelling during the pandemic:
Get tested before your flight
As COVID-19 continues, many airlines or countries will be asking for proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a specific time frame before travel. FlyClear™ by LifeLabs makes this an easy process by offering both pre-departure testing (in ON and BC) and on-arrival testing (at the Vancouver International Airport).
FlyClear™ by LifeLabs is for anyone travelling into a country with a mandatory testing requirement that includes proof of either a negative COVID-19 swab test, Antibody test, or both.
Some destinations specify a window of time between getting tested for COVID-19 and your flight (i.e. within 72 hours of boarding). With FlyClear™, you can order a COVID-19 swab and Antibody test online, get tested, and receive your test results within 48 hours via email, allowing you to travel with peace of mind.
LifeLabs has partnered with several Shoppers Drug Mart locations in ON and BC for COVID-19 PCR test availability and recently opened its flagship store on Russ Baker Way on Sea Island, near Vancouver International Airport for pre-departure testing. Passengers booking their PCR tests here will receive their results in <24 hours.
Have hand sanitizer and masks on hand
Airports and airplanes are full of commonly touched surfaces, from door handles to luggage bins to convenience store snacks. While hygiene measures are in place for everyone’s safety, it’s always best to carry hand sanitizer and apply it after touching any common surfaces.
As well, make sure that you wear a mask while in the airport and on the aircraft. While most airlines require mask-wearing, there are exceptions to this rule, such as when you’re eating or drinking. For your safety and that of your fellow travellers, it’s best to wear a mask as much as possible.
Know what the guidelines are
Some countries have specific timelines for when you need to be tested, relative to when your flight is. You can use the online calculator on the FlyClear™ by LifeLabs website to determine when you need to be tested, according to the guidelines of the country you’re travelling to.
As well, some destinations require on-arrival testing. LifeLabs is proud to work alongside the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the Government of Canada to provide convenient and efficient COVID-19 testing at no cost to eligible international travellers arriving at Vancouver International Airport.
Find out more about FlyClear™ by LifeLabs at lifelabs.com/flyclear
Fly with confidence, knowing you have highly accurate and reliable test results from LifeLabs, a leader in quality control and assurance, with licensing and accreditation from bodies such as the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Institute of Quality Management in Healthcare, and the College of American Pathologists.