For U.S. citizens returning to the United States from the National Trailer Dealers Association Convention in Whistler, a rapid antigen COVID test is required. This is required by the Center for Disease Control in the United States to board a plane or for a land border crossing back into the United States.
The NTDA has arranged a reduced rate of $95 CAD or $75 US for the rapid antigen test at the Fairmont through Iridia Medical QuickTest. You may book and pre-pay for your test on either Thursday, Oct. 7 or Friday, Oct. 8 by using the following link: www.iridiaquicktest.com.
There will be a private area set up at the Fairmont where we will have several nurses available to handle rapid testing in a quick and orderly fashion. Testing will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PT in the Woodland’s Terrace, and on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PT in the MacDonald Foyer.
Your test results will be given directly to you and are confidential. You need only share your results with the Customs agent and/or if asked by your airline carrier to travel. The NTDA will not have access to anyone’s health information nor to their rapid COVID test results.
We recognize that this is an additional expense to attend our Convention. We very much appreciate your willingness, support, and commitment during these extraordinary times. Attendees are responsible for booking their tests and paying for those tests. To help offset the cost, the NTDA extended early bird pricing for convention to all registrants – including to late registrants.
If you prefer to obtain rapid antigen testing at the Vancouver Airport (or at another facility), you may use the following link: https://covid-medical.ca/yvr-rapid-testing/. However, please note the fee is around $140 CAD for testing not performed on-site at the Fairmont.
Entering Canada and returning to the U.S. is simple if you follow the guidelines below. There are basically two additional steps that have been added that were not in place previously – the vaccine card and the COVID test. A valid passport has been required for a while now. A customs form was always required. It is now in an easy-to-complete application that helps speed up the process.
To enter Canada, just remember to follow the steps below and you will be fine:
- Bring your valid passport
- Bring your vaccine card that shows you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travel
Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) (2 doses)
Moderna (mRNA-1273) (2 doses)
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield) (2 doses)
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (single dose).
3. Have a COVID PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel to Canada and bring a print out of the results with you
4. Complete the ArriveCan App within 72 hours prior to arrival into Canada. (You will receive a 6-digit code when you complete the app. Print the 6-digit code and bring it with you.)
To re-enter the United States (if applicable):
- Bring your valid passport
- Bring your vaccine card (they will not likely ask for it on your return to the U.S.)
- Bring the results of your rapid Antigen tests performed within 72 hours of travel (www.iridiaquicktest.com)
- Your airline may ask you to complete a Passenger Disclosure and Attestation Form either via an app or as a paper form. The form asks you to verify your return address, for example, and attest that you do not currently have COVID-related symptoms before boarding the plane.
Remember, masks (face coverings that go cover your nose and mouth) are required by all airlines and inside airports in the U.S. and Canada.