There are some private pay clinics that offer testing for a fee to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons that fall outside of B.C. public health recommendations, as outlined in the testing guidelines, such as for travel or employment. For a listing of private pay clinics, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website.
Please contact these clinics directly to learn more and to arrange for this testing. Please note that public clinics do not offer this type of testing.
If you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and require a consultation or documentation for travel outside of Canada, please call a primary care provider.
VCH COVID-19 collection and assessment centres CANNOT provide assessment, testing or other documentation for travel (this includes Urgent Primary Care Centres). COVID-19 testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms.
A primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) can offer a COVID-19 clearance letter. Please visit your primary care provider or a walk-in clinic.
If you travel outside of Canada, you are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan. Self-isolation plans must be reviewed by provincial government officials before travellers can return home. When returning to Canada it is now required to have a COVID-19 negative test prior to departure.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you have cold, influenza or COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, staying at home is the best way to prevent the spread of contagious respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Follow advice from your health-care provider, use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool at bc.thrive.health or call 8-1-1. If your symptoms worsen and, if indicated, get tested at your local COVID-19 collection centre.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit vch.ca/covid19.