TEST TYPES AND PRICING


Testing requirements for work and travel vary significantly. CHL provides three different types of tests to address the most common asymptomatic COVID-19 testing needs:

  PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test Rapid Antigen Test Antibody (serology) Test
Test method Self-administered oral and lower nasal swab Self-administered lower nasal swab Blood drop test
Purpose Very common for travel testing Sometimes used for travel testing Not used for travel testing
How it works Checks to see if the virus is present Checks for viral proteins that suggest one has COVID-19 Checks for antibodies that indicate past exposure
Accuracy "Gold standard" for COVID-19 Less accurate than PCR Reliable test for exposure
Turnaround time Results in 12-18 hours Results available in minutes One day
Cost $145 + HST $35 + HST coming soon
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test
Test method Self-administered oral and lower nasal swab
Purpose Very common for travel testing
How it works Checks to see if the virus is present
Accuracy "Gold standard" for COVID-19
Turnaround Results in 12-18 hours
Cost $145 + HST
Rapid Antigen Test
Test method Self-administered lower nasal swab
Purpose Sometimes used for travel testing
How it works Checks for viral proteins that suggest one has COVID-19
Accuracy "Less accurate than PCR
Turnaround Results available in minutes
Cost $35 + HST
Antibody (serology) Test
Test method Blood drop test
Purpose Not used for travel testing
How it works Checks for antibodies that indicate past exposure
Accuracy Reliable test for exposure
Turnaround One day
Cost coming soon