Province won’t let travellers get free COVID-19 test before they leave the country, must seek private testing instead

Tests reserved for those who need them most, says health minister

Queen’s Park has announced those who want a COVID-19 test before they leave the country can no longer do so on a provincial dime.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said as much this morning, claiming those resources are better put towards testing those at higher risk of contracting the virus. “As the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, we have continued to adapt our approach to testing and the services we have made available,” said Elliott. “While international travellers are no longer eligible to receive a publicly funded COVID-19 test, we remain committed to ensuring that anyone who needs a test can get one quickly, at no cost.”

Elliott points out travellers can now seek readily available private testing such as a travel clinic but adds the best way to protect yourself from COVID is to stay home and avoid travel altogether. However, those who must travel should double-check the federal government’s travel website for up-to-date expectations and requirements.