Drive-Thru Rapid COVID Tests for Travel in Vancouver, BC

Plaza of Nations Travel Testing Drive-thru

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Travel to the US and Beyond with a Negative COVID Test

Restrictive public health measures are being lifted around the world. Recreational travel is once again possible. But the global pandemic isn’t over yet and many regional health authorities require proof of negative COVID-19 test results.

National health guidelines can vary. Some places may require a negative PCR test. However, the United States and other countries do accept rapid antigen test results for entry.

Please call your destination in advance to confirm the type of test you need.

We offer a variety of COVID tests at our drive-thru testing site in Vancouver.

Rapid COVID Test for Travel

COVID Tests Available at the Vancouver Drive-Thru

Rapid Antigen Tests


Rush PCR Tests

Need a Test for Travel? Here’s How it Works

Your convenience is our top priority. So there is no need to book your appointment at a specific time.

Remember to please contact your travel destination to confirm the type of test result you need.

Then simply purchase your test in advance through our website. No appointment is needed, just come to our drive-thru collection centre during our hours of operation and show your digital receipt as proof of purchase.

Get tested by one of our registered nurses or trained health care practitioners without leaving your car. Have your test results emailed to you

COVID Test on a passport

Located at Vancouver's Plaza of Nations!

We’re located in the Plaza of Nations underground parking lot – 750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7.

Vancouver Rapid Testing Hours of Operation

Open 7 days/week for your convenience

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Drive-Thru COVID Testing Vancouver – FAQ

Click below to find answers to common questions related to Rapid Test & Trace Canada‘s drive-thru COVID testing in Vancouver, BC.

Yes, absolutely. Please note that the British Columbia Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) offers free COVID tests to symptomatic individuals. You can use BC Health’s COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool to complete an online questionnaire and see if you qualify for a free test. 


If you are not eligible for a free COVID test, we invite you to use our paid drive-thru service. A negative test result can provide the peace of mind you’re looking for. 

This will depend on your travel destination. Most countries require a negative test result within 72 hours of your arrival.

The rapid antibody and antigen tests provide results within approximately 15 minutes. The PCR test is sent to a nearby lab for analysis and you will receive your result in about 24 hours.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are the most common in Canada. These involve an uncomfortable throat or nasal swab and require you to go to a government-authorized testing facility. Your test is then sent to a local laboratory for analysis.

Depending on where in Canada you get tested for COVID-19, it could take 1-5 days to receive the results of your PCR test.  

Rapid COVID-19 antigen tests can be self-administered and return a result in 10-15 minutes

As per the manufacturer, the results are:


  • IgG Detection: Relative Sensitivity 94.6% (CI: 84.2%-98.6%), Relative Specificity: 100% (CI: 96.5%-100%)
  • IgM Detection: Relative Sensitivity 94.6% (CI: 81.9%-97.6%), Relative Specificity: 98.1% (CI: 93.3%-99.5%)


  • Nasal: 90.2% Sensitivity

In most cases, yes, even vaccinated people need a negative COVID test to travel. COVID-19 vaccinations are still not widely available around the world and many countries still require a negative test. Again, please contact the local authorities at your travel destination to confirm.

Yes, our drive-thru COVID testing service is designed to help travellers. Recreational travel is opening up for those who can provide proof of a negative rapid test. But testing at the airport terminal is stressful and expensive! Our drive-thru COVID testing service is more convenient and less expensive.

No appointment is required to use our drive-thru COVID testing service. Just buy your test in advance on our website and come to our Vancouver testing location during our hours of operation.

The COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Test is intended to determine the antibody status for individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19. The rapid antibody test can also help identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus.

Antibody testing should NOT be used to infer immunity status or infectivity and should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.

Rapid antigen tests detect proteins either at the surface of the virus or from inside of the virus that is released after breaking up the virus using a simple soap solution.


These differ from PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which detect the genetic material of the virus.

Yes, you can book as many tests as you would like as long as they are all at the same address and they follow all local laws and guidelines.

A positive result for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies may indicate previous or current exposure to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). But please note this should NOT be used to infer immunity status or infectivity.


It is unknown whether antibodies indicate protective immunity and for how long.

If your test is positive for COVID-19 then you must immediately contact your local public health authority for information on how to proceed. In Vancouver, you should contact Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). More information is available on their website

Not necessarily. The tests screen for the presence of the virus. If you are asymptomatic, then you may not have enough virus in your system to trigger a positive result. We recommend that you speak to your local healthcare representatives and follow government guidelines regarding the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. 

Please contact your employer or school directly in order to find out if they accept the results of this type of test.

Yes, as with any medical screening, there can be false-positive or false-negative results. If you receive a positive result, we recommend that you contact your local health authority for more information and to conduct a conformity COVID test.

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