RT-PCR TESTING FOR TRAVELLERS IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Wednesday 6th January 2021
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, (January 5, 2021) - Effective January 7 2021, the Government of Canada requires all air passengers five years of age and older to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling to Canada.
Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travellers to Canada must use the ArriveCAN App or website and provide accurate contact information and their mandatory 14-day quarantine plan on or before entry.
Persons travelling from Antigua & Barbuda to countries that require a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result be shown on arrival, can arrange to have the RT-PCR test performed at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), Michael’s Mount, Antigua.
The Mount St. John’s Medical Centre testing process outlined below applies to travellers only.
The Mount St. John’s Medical Centre advises that travellers are required to commence the testing process at least 7 days prior to the departure date to facilitate an appointment for swabbing. Appointments will be confirmed once registration and financial clearance have been verified.
STEP 1 - REGISTRATION AND BILLING
- Completed RT-PCR test request form for each person
- Government issued photo ID (passport preferred)
- Processing Fee:
$300 XCD – Antigua & Barbuda citizens AND Citizens of CARICOM member states (N.B this category does not include international patients with MBS cards).
$200 USD – International Patients
Payment can be made using credit card. The RT PCR Test Request Form and the Credit Card authorization form, can be downloaded here.
STEP 2 – SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Please email a copy of your travel itinerary and the stamped PCR request form to firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Please indicate any special requirements with regards to timeline for validity of test, result submission to destination before travel, etc.
STEP 3 – SAMPLE COLLECTION
Original PCR test request form stamped by MSJMC Cashier & Passport must be presented to the physician at the time for testing.
*** Sample Collection Days: Weekdays (Monday – Thursday) from 2pm to 4pm & Friday from 1pm to 3pm (BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY). Results are issued 24-48 hours after sample collection.
For further information about covid-19 testing at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in Antigua, please call Tel: (268) 484-2700 or email: email@example.com
For further information and updates on Canada’s entry requirements go to: Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada - Canada.ca
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