Reduce Cost of Mandatory PCR Test for Canadian Travelers

Reduce Cost of Mandatory PCR Test for Canadian Travelers

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Whether fully vaccinated or not, ALL travelers 5 years of age or older (regardless of citizenship) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

The PCR test currently costs $208.95 through FlyClear by LifeLabs, and over $300 at CVM Medical near YVR. This test must be taken both ways which would cost an individual a minimum $420.00... This is a shame because other centers across the globe are performing the same test for $60 or less. Canada is a first-world nation and should be able to afford and advocate to reduce this expense for its citizens. 

This petition is not meant to encourage non-essential travel, but rather highlight that these astronomical costs are unfair. It raises questions as to whether our Government is taking advantage by punishing travelers.

Not all travel is for pleasure - people must travel for work, education, emergencies... Families will have as much expense in testing as they do in flights/accommodation.  These costs will negatively impact communities that are trying to recover financially from the pandemic.

The varying costs of PCR tests around the world in USD:

In Europe, Riga Airport was the cheapest at $44, with many German airports charging around $80, and in the UK, the airport PCR tests vary between $82 and $135. Many US airports do not currently offer on-site PCR test facilities, but amongst those that do, Ft Lauderdale Airport is the cheapest at $106.

In assessing the price versus processing times, Russian airports offer the most passenger-friendly testing regime with pricing between $22 and $30 for standard processing and results frequently delivered within 12-hours. Moscow Sheremetyevo offers an express PCR test for $36 with the result given in under 2 hours which is amongst the best overall service available.

Mumbai - $8
Madrid - $69
Heathrow - $110

Reference (16th April 2021):
https://skytraxratings.com/the-varying-costs-of-a-pcr-test-at-airports-around-the-world    

Please join this petition if you believe the rates should be abolished or significantly reduced. Thank you for your time.

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