A new travel testing option for COVID-19 is available from Air Canada through its partnership with Switch Health, a Canadian-based healthcare company.
Using the Switch Health COVID-19 RT-Lamp Kit, the carrier’s customers can test themselves while travelling abroad prior to their flight to Canada to meet Government of Canada testing entry requirements without the need to visit a foreign COVID-19 testing clinic. These tests are conducted under the remote supervision of a Telehealth professional from Switch Health and include an electronic report suitable for travel.
Air Canada is Switch Health’s launch partner for this new travel testing option, with limited quantities initially available for Aeroplan members.
“Air Canada is a leader in adopting and implementing science-based safety measures to simplify our customers’ journey,” said Mark Nasr, senior vice-president, Products Marketing & eCommerce at Air Canada. “Together with Switch Health, we are pleased to offer our customers the most comprehensive range of travel testing options that will make travelling abroad easier and more predictable. Switch Health also seamlessly integrates into Air Canada’s digital tool allowing customers to securely submit their COVID-19 test results and records of vaccination, further simplifying the travel experience.”
“At Switch Health, we pride ourselves on keeping Canadians safe and empowering them to make decisions concerning their health at their convenience through cutting-edge, decentralized diagnostics and patient-focused digital solutions,” said Dilian Stoyanov, CEO, Switch Health. “Offering these COVID-19 tests will help get Canadians back to their favourite activities – like global air travel with Air Canada – safely, reliably and at their convenience.”
Other COVID-19 travel testing options available from the carrier include travel testing clinics, a self-administered RT-PCR collection kit and a portable self-administered antigen kit containing two tests which is accepted by many countries such as the United States.
These solutions are designed to ease the travel experience until the mandatory pre-departure test requirement evolves for fully vaccinated travellers.
Visit aircanada.com/switchhealth for more details. Aeroplan members can order a test at switchhealth.ca/aeroplan or redeem at aircanada.com/estore.