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International arrivals COVID-19 testing

For travelers arriving at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Important information

  • Please note that the COVID-19 testing service offered by Biron to international travelers arriving at Montreal-Trudeau Airport will cease as of November 1, 2021. This service will be offered by another laboratory. For more information contact the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-833-784-4397
  • Since 5 July 2021, certain exemptions have come into effect for fully vaccinated travelers who meet specific conditions
  • If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and have been selected for a mandatory randomized you are not required to quarantine until you get your result. For more information visit the website Travel and Tourism Canada

COVID-19 PCR screening test for international travelers arriving at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Biron is proud to work with YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport and the Public Health Agency of Canada to offer COVID-19 PCR screening tests to international travelers arriving in Montreal.

How to proceed?

Before arriving at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport
  • Use ArriveCAN to submit your mandatory information before arriving to Canada, as required by the Government of Canada.
  • Pre-register for a screening test when you know the date and time of your arrival in Montreal. Passengers who do not pre-register can also register when they arrive at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, but may face delays.
  • If you are traveling with your family or if you are accompanied, everyone in your group must pre-register.
After arriving at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport
  • After arriving and completing the customs process, pick up your luggage and follow directional signage to the Biron sampling center.
  • Travelers who have not pre-registered before arriving in Montreal will be able to register directly at the Biron sampling center. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to expedite your testing experience.
  • A Biron healthcare professional will perform the test and your sample will be sent to Biron's laboratory where it will be analyzed.
  • Once you have completed your test, follow the directions from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Please note that due to high demand at the airport, some travelers will receive a voucher authorizing them to visit a Biron location for their mandatory COVID-19 test. If you are in this situation, please book an appointment online within 24 hours of your arrival in Canada by visiting

Test result
  • The delivery of the result can take up to 72 hours. Be assured that Biron makes every effort to issue your result as quickly as possible.
  • At the time of the test, you will be given a password to access the report that will be emailed to you at the address you provided when registering.
  • If your result is negative, you will receive it by email.
  • If your result is positive, a member of the Biron team will contact you by phone.
  • When your result is available, Biron will also communicate it to the Public Health Agency of Canada, which will provide you with information for the next steps.


All travelers whether entering Canada must use ArriveCAN to submit mandatory travel information.

ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app or you can create an account and sign in online.


How do I know if I am really allowed to enter Canada?

If you have any questions about your eligibility to enter Canada, visit the Travel and Tourism Canada website.

Do I need to register to be tested?

Yes, registration is required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to avoid delays at the airport and can be done online or on your personal mobile device. Travelers who do not pre-register will be able to register upon arrival at Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

Does registration for arrivals testing replace the need to undergo a pre-departure test before traveling to Canada?

No. Travelers to Canada must comply with the Government of Canada's requirement to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be completed within 72 hours prior to the traveler's scheduled departure for Canada.

Does registration for arrival testing replace the need to complete an ArriveCAN application prior to entering Canada?

No, all travelers must complete an ArriveCAN application in accordance with Government of Canada requirements.

How do I know if I will be screened at the airport or at a Biron service center?

When visiting the COVID-19 screening clinic dedicated to international arrivals at the airport, reception staff will determine, depending on the volume of travelers and the appropriate screening method for your situation, whether your screening will take place on site or at a Biron service center. In the latter case, a voucher, which must be presented to a Biron service center, may be given to you in order to carry out your mandatory screening test.

We are traveling together, will we receive one voucher for all of us?

No, each traveler accompanying you will receive a unique voucher.

We are traveling together, is one appointment for COVID-19 testing at a Biron service center enough?

No, each traveler accompanying you must make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at a Biron service center.

I have received a voucher, how should I proceed to make an appointment?

Use the camera on your mobile device to scan the QR code on the voucher or visit

How long do I have to book an appointment online?

Please book an appointment online within 24 hours of your arrival in Canada.

What documents do I need to provide when I am screened for COVID-19 at a Biron service center?

When you visit a Biron service center, you must provide the voucher you received at the airport, duly completed, as well as your passport or any other travel document listed on the voucher.

I lost my screening voucher that I received at the airport, what should I do?

Please keep the voucher you received at the airport carefully as you will not be issued a new one. If you have lost it, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada as soon as possible at 1-833-784-4397 .

How much do I have to pay to participate?

You will not have to pay anything to Biron for the screening test upon arrival.

What type of COVID-19 test does Biron perform on arrival?

The test performed is a molecular detection by PCR. This polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) looks for viral RNA in a sample of secretions from the nose (nasopharyngeal swab).

What do I need to bring with me for the test at the airport?

Your passport.

The time (or date) of my flight has changed, how do I change my registration?

If the date of your arrival at Montreal changes, you will have to make a new registration.

If the time of your arrival at Montreal changes, but the date remains the same as originally scheduled, no changes need to be made.

Please note that it is not possible nor necessary to modify a registration.

I lost my password to access my results report, how can I retrieve it?

Please contact us at 1 866 382-0287

Do I need to show proof of vaccination to benefit from the exemption?

Yes, you must upload your proof of vaccination into ArriveCAN before arriving to Canada

I received my last dose of vaccine 7 days before my return date to Canada, am I considered a fully vaccinated traveler?

No, to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada

I am fully vaccinated, but I am traveling with a minor who is not, what should I do?

On August 9, 2021, the Canadian government changed the quarantine measures for travellers arriving in Canada, including those for children under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for vaccination. In general, these children do not need to be quarantined upon return, but are subject to restrictions. To learn more, please visit Travel & Tourism Canada.

Who will determine my eligibility for an exemption?

Final determination for exemptions is made at the port of entry based on the information presented at the time of entry.

Does Biron also offer pre-departure testing for COVID-19 at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport?

Yes, for more information, see our service offer for travelers.