Departure Testing

    Switch Health has a COVID-19 test clinic at Halifax Stanfield for travellers who require departure testing as part of the air travel process or border entry requirements.

    The Switch Health clinic is open Sunday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located next to Clearwater on the main level.

    The clinic is rapid antigen testing only. PCR testing will be added to the clinic’s offering in the coming weeks. Travellers should research their destination’s border entry testing requirements well in advance to ensure they take the proper test.

    Appointments can be booked by clicking here and selecting “Halifax Stanfield Airport – Departures”. Appointments must be booked in advance and testing can take up to 10-15 minutes per appointment.

    Test Costs and Results:

    Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test results (available in 30 to 45 minutes) – $75.00 + HST

    For more information on Switch Health or their testing services, visit https://switchhealth.ca.

    Arrival Testing

    The Government of Nova Scotia has made voluntary COVID-19 test kits available for arriving travellers at Halifax Stanfield. The kit includes instructions on how to complete the self-swab and what to do after the swab.

    If you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia, you will be provided with a take-home rapid antigen test. You need to take the test kit to your self-isolation location and complete the test within 48 hours of arriving in the province. Once you complete your self-swab, the test provides a result within 15 minutes (you don’t need to drop off the swab at a primary assessment centre).

    If you are partially vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia or not vaccinated, you will be provided with a PCR COVID-19 take-home test. You need to take the test kit to your self-isolation location and complete the test within 48 hours of arriving in the province. Once you complete your self-swab, you then need to drop off the swab at a primary assessment centre.

    Rotational workers and specialized workers can complete their first testing requirement with a self-swab test kit that uses a PCR COVID-19 test.

    International travellers can also get a COVID-19 test kit at the airport. The voluntary take-home test kit does not count towards testing requirements under the federal Quarantine Act. For more information on arrival testing requirements for international travellers, visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 testing for travellers website.

    Travellers will receive their test result by phone or email within 72 hours of dropping it off at one of the primary assessment centres. Voluntary testing at the airport doesn’t replace self-isolation requirements when you arrive in Nova Scotia.