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Pre-departure rapid antigenic test for COVID-19

Pre-departure rapid antigenic test for COVID-19

For travellers departing from YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Pre-departure COVID-19 detection by antigenic test at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Approved by government authorities, this fast-acting test detects, in just over 15 minutes, the presence of proteins (or antigens) associated with the virus that causes COVID-19 in nasal secretions. The antigen test used by Biron targets the N protein (Nucleocapsid) of SARS-CoV-2.

  • Cost: $149 for the sampling, analysis and attestation of negative result
  • Cost reimbursed by most insurers
  • Type of sample: nasal swab
  • For individuals of all ages
  • Test conducted on the day of your fligh at YUL, in a specially equipped room on the mezzanine level of the U.S. departures area (before pre-boarding security check point) at door 11
  • Appointment required (limited space)
  • A doctor’s prescription is not required

Before reserving your spot

It is your responsibility to ensure that your country of destination, as well as any other country where you will be making a stopover, accepts antigen testing as a screening method for COVID-19 before making an appointment. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Travel and Tourism Canada continually update travel requirements for various destinations.

How to proceed?


Step 1: Making an appointment and purchasing the test

  • Reserve your spot and purchase your test online before going to the airport.
  • You must allow sufficient time to take the test, receive the result and carry out all the usual formalities related to your flight. It is strongly recommended to book an appointment 3½ hours before your flight.

Step 2: Sampling at the airport

  • Present yourself at the exact time of your appointment, on the mezzanine level of the U.S. departures area (before pre-boarding security check point) at door 11.
  • Have your printed proof of purchase (including the order number), passport and travel documents with you.
  • Allow sufficient time to complete the test, check in your luggage, obtain your boarding pass and make your way through pre-boarding checks. YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Biron cannot be held responsible if you are late for boarding.
  • If you experience symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 on the day of your flight, do not go to the airport and follow the health guidelines in effect.

Step 3: Test result

The test result will be given to you within approximately 15 minutes after collection, along with your negative result attestation.

  • If your result is negative, this means that SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins were not present in your sample. You do not have a COVID-19 infection. Present yourself at the check-in counter of your airline with your certificate in hand.
  • If your result is positive, this indicates that SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins have been detected. Therefore, you will be considered infected with COVID-19 and contagious. You will not be allowed to travel. You will need to contact your carrier to notify it. You will then be screened for COVID-19 with a PCR test, free of charge, by a health care professional and be required to leave the premises in accordance with public health guidelines. People traveling with you with whom you have had close contact may have to postpone their flight as per public health guidelines. Since you will not be allowed to use public transportation to leave the airport, you should have a plan for returning home before your departure.

FAQ

How can I find out if my destination accepts antigen testing?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Travel and Tourism Canada continually update travel requirements for various destinations.

How long does it take to get the results of an antigen test performed at YUL?

The turnaround time for an antigen test on a sample is about 15 minutes. In addition, you should allow between 30 to 40 minutes at the collection center for registration, sampling, analysis and delivery of results.

It is strongly recommended to book an appointment 3½ hours before your flight to allow sufficient time to undergo the test and complete all the usual formalities related to your flight. YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Biron cannot be held responsible if you are late for boarding.

I plan on getting an antigen test at the YUL on the day of my departure. When do I have to take it?

The antigen test is done prior to your check-in. We recommend that you book an appointment at least 3½ hours before your flight time. You should allow plenty of time to complete the test and carry out the usual formalities related to your flight.

What should I have on hand the day of my flight?

To be able to take the antigen test at YUL, you must have your passport, your printed email confirmation on which appears your order number and travel documents with you.

If you had a COVID-19 PCR screening test at Biron, you must bring your printed attestation of negative test result.

What happens if I take the antigen test on the day of my flight and the result is positive?

You will not be allowed to travel. You will need to contact your carrier to notify it. You will then be screened for COVID-19 with a PCR test, free of charge, by a health care professional and be required to leave the premises in accordance with public health guidelines. People traveling with you with whom you have had close contact may have to postpone their flight as per public health guidelines. Since you will not be allowed to use public transportation to leave the airport, you should have a plan for returning home before your departure..

If the airport where I land offers the antigen test on arrival, why should I do it before my departure?

It is recommended that you do a screening test before you fly for the following reasons:

  • You will contribute to lower the chances of contaminating other passengers.
  • You will be able to go about your business immediately upon arrival at your destination.
  • If you test positive at the airport where you land, you will need to self-isolate and your travel plans will be severely affected.
  • If, on the other hand, you test positive before your departure, you can be placed in isolation at the location of your choice.

What are the refund and cancellation policies for the purchase of an antigen test?

All sales made on Biron’s website are subject to our Cancellation and Refund Policy. Biron will refund the cost of a purchase made on its website provided that your request for a cancellation and refund is made between the date of your online purchase and the 30th day following the date on which your appointment was scheduled to take place, and provided that your appointment did not take place.

To request the cancellation of an order and a refund of an online purchase made on Biron’s website, contact our Customer Service by phone toll-free at 1 -866 -382-0287 or by email at depistageadm@biron.com. When you contact us, you will need to provide your order confirmation number and all other information that allows us to identify you. The cost of your purchase will be refunded to you by the original method of payment within three (3) to five (5)  business days of Biron’s acceptance of your cancellation and refund request.

Once my test has been purchased, is it possible to modify the date or time of my appointment?

No, once the test is purchased, it is not possible to modify the date or time. You will need to ask for a refund for the purchased test and purchase a new one with the desired time.

To request the cancellation of an order and a refund of an online purchase made on Biron’s website, contact our Customer Service by phone toll-free at 1 -866 -382-0287 or by email at depistageadm@biron.com.

For our refund and cancellation policies, see the previous question.

If I purchase my flight at the last minute and I don’t have time to buy my antigen test before going to the airport, what are my options?

If you don’t have time to book your appointment and purchase the antigen test online before the day of your flight, it may be possible to do it at the airport using your smartphone if the screening center is open and there is availability. Since spaces are limited, Biron cannot guarantee that you will be able to take the test on site if you have not purchased it beforehand.



Is the antigen test as effective as the PCR test?

Screening for COVID-19 can be done by detecting genetic material (molecular/PCR test) or proteins (antigen test) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Both types of tests have their advantages and disadvantages.

The molecular/PCR test is very sensitive. It can detect small quantities of the virus and screen for infections early or with low viral loads. However, analyzing this test requires state-of-the-art facilities in a biomedical laboratory and a high level of technical expertise. Sampling is done using a nasopharyngeal swab and the results are ready within 24 to 48 business hours.

As for the antigen test, it is less sensitive. Positive specimens generally come from individuals in whom there is a higher presence of the virus, which may mean that the infection is at a more advanced stage than that detected with a molecular test. That said, these tests are much faster, and results are available at the place where the sample was taken in about 15 minutes. Sampling is done using a simple nasal swab.