Planning an international trip? The costs of the necessary PCR tests could add up – .

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Planning an international trip? The costs of the necessary PCR tests could add up – .


KINGSTON, ONT. – With the U.S. border reopening to fully immunized travelers next month, residents of Eastern Ontario are dreaming of this international getaway once again.

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

As soon as she heard about the easing of travel restrictions, Kingston resident Katherine King jumped at the chance to book into 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 a negative test to get home. Still, she says she’s thoroughly.

“I guess we’ll factor that into the cost of the trip and the fun,” she explains.

On November 8, the United States will reopen its land border to fully vaccinated Canadians, but the federal government requires all Canadians aged 5 or older to provide proof of a negative PCR test at the Canadian border.

Fast, cheaper and faster tests. are not accepted.

Patricia Marques, sales manager at CAA Northeastern Ontario, says this should be something you should take into consideration, and where you are traveling could mean different costs.

“You absolutely have to budget for each person who is traveling right now,” she explains.

For example, she says, if you’re flying to Florida, you don’t need to take a test when you arrive in the state. However, you will need one to return, which can cost an average of CAN $ 180 at a drugstore.

For a family of four, this can add up to an additional $ 720 in travel costs.

A trip to a resort town in Jamaica requires a quick test to enter the country. Marques says it can average around $ 40 CDN per person, and to come back, while the exchange rate means it’s just over $ 1, the extra cost of PCR testing for a family of four. can add additional $ 240.

When traveling to the UK you will need a scheduled test after you land in the country. This can be around $ 120 per person. Upon your return to Canada, the PCR test may cost an additional CAN $ 170 per person. In all, that could add over $ 1,100 to a family’s trip.

Marques says information changes daily, so you should always check the Canadian government website.

“This site is fantastic because it goes over all the before and when you come back to what Canadians need to know when traveling abroad,” explains Marques.

On Friday, Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, was asked 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 number of people coming to Canada as a percentage, the actual number of people coming would obviously increase as well. ”

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