Are you planning an international trip? The cost of necessary PCR tests may increase

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KINGSTON, ONT. – With the US border again for fully vaccinated travelers next month, residents of eastern Ontario are once again dreaming of international refuge.

But with the Canadian government requiring those entering the country to take a COVID-19 test before landing, that trip comes at an extra cost.

As soon as she heard that the travel restrictions were easing, Kston King, a resident of Kingston, jumped at the chance to book her plans.

“Yesterday we booked a cruise for next year,” she said in an interview with CTV News Ottawa.

King knows she will have to pay for a negative test to get home. Still, she says she’s all in.

“I guess we take it as part of the cost of the trip and fun,” she explains.

On November 8, the United States reopens its land border to fully vaccinated Canadians, but the federal government requires all Canadians 5 years of age or older to prove a negative PCR test at the Canadian border.

Fast tests, which are cheaper and faster. is not accepted.

Patricia Marques, sales director at CAA North Eastern Ontario, says that it should be something you take into account, and that where you travel can involve different costs.

“You definitely need a budget for every person traveling right now,” she explains.

For example, she says that if you fly to Florida, you do not need a test when you arrive in the state. However, you will need one to return, which costs an average of $ 180 CDN at a pharmacy.

For a family of four, this could mean an additional $ 720 in travel-related expenses.

A trip to a resort in Jamaica requires a quick test to get into the country. Marques says that on average it can cost about $ 40 CDN per person and to return, while the exchange rate means it is a little over $ 1, the extra cost of PCR tests for a family of four can add another $ 240.

If you are flying to the UK, you will need a scheduled test after landing in the country. It can be about $ 120 per person. When you return to Canada, the PCR test may cost an additional $ 170 CDN per person. In total, it can add more than $ 1,100 to a family trip.

Marques says that with information that changes daily, you should always check the Canadian government’s website.

“That site is amazing because it goes through all the steps before and when you come back about what Canadians need to know when traveling abroad,” Marques explains.

Dr Howard Njoo, Canada’s Deputy Chief of Public Health, was asked on Friday why returning travelers still need a negative PCR test, even though the number of positive cases is very low.

“It’s less than one percent,” he says. “But if you look at the volumes of people who come to Canada in percent, the actual number of people who will come would obviously also increase.”

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