COVID-19 Testing for Travel Purposes

Please note that the Saskatoon Community Clinic is unable to accommodate requests for COVID-19 testing for travel purposes. The Saskatchewan Health Authority provides the following advice for those who require tests for this reason.

Anyone planning a summer vacation, either within the province, within Canada or internationally, should check the Government of Canada’s COVID travel site to understand any travel restrictions and requirements for travel, which may include proof of a negative COVID-19 test and/or proof of vaccination.

Some airlines and travel destinations require tight timelines for testing, with travellers being required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (not a rapid antigen test) within 72 hours of their flight (some airlines and destinations timelines may vary).

While the Saskatchewan Health Authority Laboratory Medicine teams work incredibly hard to provide test results in a timely manner, it can be challenging for the SHA to guarantee PCR test results for asymptomatic travellers in under 72 hours due to transportation and processing times with priority being provided to symptomatic patient care diagnostics.

In Saskatchewan, Quantum Genetix , Haztech and Nobel provide confirmatory COVID-19 PCR testing for asymptomatic individuals. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their own tests.

The SHA encourages travellers to seek out independent testing services for those who require proof of a negative test before taking to the skies, or whichever mode of transport they prefer if they want results provided within a guaranteed timeline.

Saskatchewan residents with a MySaskHealthRecord account can print their COVID-19 immunization records by following the simple instructions available at eHealthSask.ca.

If you do not have a MySaskHealthRecord account, you can sign up today at eHealthSask.ca.

International travel destinations may have specific requirements for their proof of vaccination documentation. eHealth Saskatchewan is currently working with the provincial and federal governments to develop COVID-19 immunization certificates that will be recognized as proof of vaccination status by foreign governments and agencies that require it.