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Do I need an appointment?

Yes, we are available limited times, and appointments are a must. Please complete the form on the home page to book an appointment.

Does the lab process samples on the weekend or on holidays?

Our PCR tests are processed  by Lifelabs which is open 24/7, 365 days of the year. Our antigen tests are processed in Princeton Monday to Friday. We are generally closed on the weekends and holidays, but may be open for large groups if necessary.

What type of testing do you provide?

We collect samples PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing which is performed by Lifelabs. We also collect samples for Antigen tests which are processed by our lab in Princeton.

Does your antigen test meet criteria for travel to the United Kingdom?

Yes, our antigen test meets the performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml as required by the UK.

What do I need to bring with me for my appointment?

You may wish to bring your passport to confirm your demographics are correct.

How are the COVID-19 tests administered and processed?

Your test procedure involves taking a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab of each nostril (depending on the requirements of the country you are travelling to). For PCR tests, there is the option of a saline gargle as well. PCR test sampes are sent to LifeLabs for processing, antigen test samples are processed in-house in Princeton.

How will I get my test results?

If your test results are negative you will be emailed the results as a .pdf file attached to the email. This result includes the date and the time that your test was taken. We will call you if your result is positive.

When will I receive the results?

Once the lab receives your PCR sample, it typically takes 24-36 hours to get results. Lifelabs cannot guarantee a turnaround time for PCR test results. We cannot be held responsible for delays in test results, nor rush your results because the lab processes tests as they receive them.

We do guarantee antigen test results - your sample will be processed and resulted by midnight of the day of collection.

Do your offer COVID-19 testing for travel to Hawaii?

Yes! Lifelabs processes our PCR tests, and they are a Trusted Testing Partner of the State of Hawai'i Safe Travels Program.

Where else can I get a private COVID-19 test?

Go to the Testing Information page at the BC Centre for Disease Control, 

and scroll to the bottom of the page, other clinics are listed under “Private testing / Testing for Travel”

Can I eat or drink before my appointment?

Yes. Your sample will be collected from the front of your nose. We do not offer the gargle test.

Will I get my results on the weekend when Okanagan Testing Clinic is closed?

Yes, we check for results regularly and email them to you when they are available.

Does getting a COVID-19 vaccine interfere with getting a COVID-19 test?

No. You will not test positive from a recent COVID-19 vaccine.