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COVID-19 Testing at YVR

There are a number of COVID-19 testing related programs in place on Sea Island. It’s important to note – if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you cannot enter YVR.

Arrivals Testing at YVR

The on-arrival testing program at YVR is part of the Government of Canada’s requirements for international travellers arriving in Canada. The on-arrival testing is in addition to the pre-departure testing requirement, which requires travellers coming to Canada to demonstrate proof of negative COVID-19 results from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Please note that the process will be faster if you pre-register for your test here.

  • For: International travellers entering Canada.
  • Location and hours: Arrivals testing is located in the International Arrivals Hall. Arrivals testing takes place from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Cost: Arrivals testing is free.
  • More information: For more information and to register for your arrivals testing and COVID-19 Home Collection Kit, please visit: On Arrival – LifeLabs

Private Testing Options on Sea Island

CVM Medical Pre-Departure Testing Inside YVR

Beginning April 24, CVM Medical will provide rapid antigen testing for ticketed passengers departing for the United States, the Netherlands, Germany and other countries accepting the test. Passengers without boarding passes should check-in with their airline before proceeding to the testing site. Passengers connecting from a domestic flight will need to exit the secure area to access the testing facility. 

  • For: Ticketed passengers travelling to the Netherlands, Germany, the United States or other countries that accept this test who must take a rapid test shortly before departure.
  • Location and hours: The testing clinic is located at check-in counter 298, at the end of the US check-in area, pre-security in the Main Terminal, Departures level 3. They will operate from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. 
  • Cost: The rapid-antigen test costs $129. This is at the passenger’s own expense.
  • More information: Please contact CVM Medical for more information about the test. Contact your airline directly for more information about testing requirements for travel.

Ultima Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic

Ultima Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic provides rapid antigen (Abbott Panbio™) testing. Booking an appointment is preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.

  • For: Individuals who need a test for travel or work purposes. This site is not for individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Location & Hours: The clinic is on  Services level 1 of the Main Terminal (below Domestic Arrivals). This area is pre-security, so passengers connecting from another flight will need to exit the secure area to locate the clinic. They operate Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Cost: The rapid-antigen test will cost $120, at the individuals’ own expense.
  • More information: Visit here. To book an appointment call 604-424-4067 or 604-207-6900


Whitecap RSC Medical provides antigen and 24hr TAT RT-PCR testing at the South Terminal. Bookings and walk-ins are accepted.

  • For: Individuals who need a test for travel or work purposes. This site is not for individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Location & Hours: The testing site is located at YVR’s South Terminal and operates Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: The COVID-19 antigen test will cost $126 and the COVID-19 RT-PCR test will cost $252, at the individual's own expense.
  • More information: Visit here to book an appointment. Call 604.966.3777 if you have any questions.

FlyClear by LifeLabs Testing Facility

LifeLabs has opened a pre-departure testing facility under its FlyClear program. Those wanting a test must order and purchase testing and book their appointment online.

  • For: Travellers who require a COVID-19 PCR/NAAT test for flight clearance.
  • Location & hours: The clinic is located at 6084 Russ Baker Way on Sea Island. It operates 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
  • Cost: PCR tests are being offered for $199. This is at the passengers’ own expense.
  • More Information: Go online to order and purchase testing. After ordering and purchasing testing, you can book your appointment at the 6048 Russ Baker Way location here. Contact your airline directly for more information about testing requirements for travel. 

Local Travel Testing Options

There are some local private clinics that offer testing for a fee. The BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health each have lists and additional information.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Testing

VCH has moved their Richmond COVID-19 testing site to Sea Island. No referral or appointment is needed to receive testing.

  • For: Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This site is not for private testing related to travel or work purposes nor is it available for walk ins.
  • Location & Hours: The testing centre is drive-through only, located at 5911 North Service Road (at the intersection of Aviation Avenue and North Service Road), open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Do not enter YVR’s terminal.
  • More information: Visit or dial 811.

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