Arrival at Vancouver BC airport

by maggie, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 15:22 (4 days ago)

Alas I leave this delightful haven Friday evening and return to gloomy Vancouver.
Has anyone done the trip recently and if so how long was the wait for the Covid test?
Thanks.

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Arrival at Vancouver BC airport

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 16:38 (4 days ago) @ maggie

Assuming you mean the test before departure, contact Laboratorio Mendel 554-7810 They came to the house (10 minutes early!) and we got the results via e-mail in about 2 hours.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 16:45 (4 days ago) @ frostbite

Was this a PCR test? That’s what she needs to return to Canada.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 17:07 (4 days ago) @ Timmac

No, it was the antigen test. I suspect that they can do the PCR, but I guess that takes more time.

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by maggie, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 18:09 (4 days ago) @ frostbite

No sorry I wasn’t clear..
When we arrive at yvr all passengers from international countries will receive a Covid Test.
A site has been set up to administer the test. My flight arrives at 11:30 pm . I I heard the wait for the test is hours long.

I had the PCR test this morning. I tried the self test PCR kit last night but after two very stressful and frustrating hours I gave up.
Fortunately I had the foresight to have a back up plan in place..
They came to the hotel early, results will arrive tomorrow evening in my email plus
a hard copy delivered to the hotel Friday morning..
Technicians were pleasant, efficient and the entire experience stress free unlike last night!

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by emma, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 18:18 (4 days ago) @ maggie

I arrived in Calgary and wasn’t selected for additional testing, customs handed me an information sheet about quarantine etc. I carried on.

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by Ironwood @, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 19:26 (4 days ago) @ maggie


I had the PCR test this morning. I tried the self test PCR kit last night but after two very stressful and frustrating hours I gave up.
Fortunately I had the foresight to have a back up plan in place

I'm guessing you had the RT-LAMP test kit from SWITCH HEALTH. I had the same, absolutely frustrating experience......unable to access their system no matter what I did. They wouldn't even answer my pleading e-mails, other than to give me the telephone numbers to call.....both of which were answered by non-humans totally unable to provide any assistance whatsoever.
And even though SWITCH HEALTH apologetically acknowledged, halfway through my exercise in extreme frustration, that their website was "down", they absolutely refused to consider a refund of the $315 I had paid, even though I offered to return the second, unopened test kit. As for reimbursing us for the $305 US we had to pay for a proper PCR test that got us back into Canada.....

Some have used the SWITCH HEALTH test kits without problems. Personally, I wouldn't again waste my money on the chance it might work.

Arrival at Vancouver BC airport

by maggie, Thursday, January 13, 2022, 10:02 (3 days ago) @ Ironwood

Yes it was the RT Lamp test...Too frustrating for words! I finally reached the instruction to scan the QR code attached to the device. I did and the code showed up in the google line but safari said; no results for your search and instead directed me to a military site with info about B1 Bombers~~~hmm started feeling like I had been tossed into an Ed Wood Sci-Fi movie and at that point gave up. It took a salad, a glass of wine and a swim in the pool before I calmed down and saw some humour in the experience.
I will send both Shield health and Air Canada an email describing my experience. although not expecting a refund I certainly will ask.

As to YVR arrival...
Thank you all for sharing your experiences, helps allay my anxieties...
The retesting of Canadians after we've been tested 72 or 48 hours prior and are triple or double vaccinated is~~ perhaps harassment is too strong but more of a chastisement for defying the travel advisory...like so many wayward children arriving after curfew. Annoying, tedious and a colossal waste of human resources, time and tests that are needed elsewhere.
Now back to the beach for my final full glorious day.

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by emma, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 18:02 (4 days ago) @ maggie

You require a PCR test to return to Canada. Make an appointment at one of the local labs, pay 2500 pesos, and wait for your result, hopefully a ‘negativo ‘. I did this on a Wednesday morning for a Friday departure to Canada. Good luck Maggie!

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Arrival at Vancouver BC airport - our experience...

by Roberto!, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 20:43 (4 days ago) @ maggie

When we returned to YVR in mid November, no one asked us for our ArriveCan information, however, upon exiting we were "randomly" selected to exit via Door A which required us to fill out contact information and then proceed on to another station where we had another PCR test --- in spite of the fact we had taken one 2 days previously in Zihua to the tune of CAN$375. (for 2 people). I pointed out that we had taken a PCR test prior to leaving which was negative but no one seemed interested in that information nor did they ask to see our results.

After the PCR test we had to go to another station to be briefed on how we were to deal with things if this latest test turned out positive. Then we finally went through the final check point where they verified we had visited the three previous stations and then they allowed us to exit the airport.

We received our test results taken at YVR via email early the next morning which were negative.

All told it took about an extra 3/4 of an hour but that is depending on the lineup and how many people they "randomly" select. Procedures have probably changed somewhat because that seems to be the way the authorities are attempting to staunch the spread of the new variants.

Roberto!

Arrival at Vancouver BC airport - our experience...

by Ironwood @, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 20:58 (4 days ago) @ Roberto!

When we returned to YVR in mid November, no one asked us for our ArriveCan information, however, upon exiting we were "randomly" selected to exit via Door A which required us to fill out contact information and then proceed on to another station where we had another PCR test --- in spite of the fact we had taken one 2 days previously in Zihua to the tune of CAN$375. (for 2 people). I pointed out that we had taken a PCR test prior to leaving which was negative but no one seemed interested in that information nor did they ask to see our results.

After the PCR test we had to go to another station to be briefed on how we were to deal with things if this latest test turned out positive. Then we finally went through the final check point where they verified we had visited the three previous stations and then they allowed us to exit the airport.

We received our test results taken at YVR via email early the next morning which were negative.

All told it took about an extra 3/4 of an hour but that is depending on the lineup and how many people they "randomly" select. Procedures have probably changed somewhat because that seems to be the way the authorities are attempting to staunch the spread of the new variants.

Roberto!

In a just world, if they weren't even interested in seeing the results from your Zihua PCR test, (which Canadian regulations forced you to take), and insisted on putting you through the whole exercise again, they would have reimbursed you for the Can $375 you spent in Zihua. But these days, I suppose you should be grateful they didn't charge you for the YVR test as well.

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by Little Guy, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 22:56 (4 days ago) @ maggie

When I returned to YVR in December, the wait time for people who had pre-registered to do the PCR arrival test was about 30 seconds.

For people who had not pre-registered, the wait time was five to 10 minutes.

The test itself took maybe two minutes.

I arrived on the AeroMexico flight at 22:xx hours. I received the test result by email 26 hours later.

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by Paulcbk, Thursday, January 13, 2022, 12:09 (3 days ago) @ maggie

I have been in Zihua twice since early September, landing once in Vancouver and once in Calgary.

Neither time was I required to test, had all the Arrivecan completed and hard copies of the PCR test from Zihua. Only thing that I was asked for in mid October was my vaccine card from here in BC because they were unable to scan the qr code on the vaccine passport. Mid December return was talk to a customs officer and be given a form about isolation requirements.

Both times it seemed the testing when was random? Hope I have not jinxed myself for next time.