How to get your COVID-19 test while visiting Los Cabos?

Getting your COVID-19 test in Los Cabos is S A F E

As of September 7, 2021, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel. Travellers must be at least 14 days past their second dose of a Canadian- approved vaccine and show a negative COVID-19 molecular test 72 hours prior to entry.

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/        

COVID-19 molecular tests (PCR) are widely available in Los Cabos with results as early as 24 hours and prices starting at $115 CAN DLLS - Click here to find prices

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • Do I need a covid test to enter Los Cabos?

Los Cabos is open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival, though you will need to fill out a health questionnaire upon arrival at Los Cabos International Airport. For more information on arrival and departure protocols please click here

  • Who can travel to Canada?

Canadian citizens (including dual citizens), people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons (refugee status) are allowed to enter Canada.

As of September 7, 2021 all other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption will now be allowed entry into Canada.

Travellers must be at least 14 days past their second dose of a Canadian- approved vaccine and show a negative COVID-19 molecular test 72 hours prior to entry.  

Click here to see if you are eligible to enter Canada.  

  • Who is required to show proof of a negative test prior to departure from Los Cabos?

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship and vaccination status must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result to enter Canada.

  • Do children need to get tested as well?

Yes. According to the Canadian Government, travelers five years of age or older must get tested before departure.

  • What type of test/proof do I need to show to the airline prior to my return?

All travellers 5 years of age or older must present a negative laboratory test (paper or electronic proof of result) to the airline or private operator before coming back to Canada. The negative laboratory test result must include all of the following:

  • Traveler name and date of birth
  • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
  • The date on which the test was conducted

The method of test conducted (PCR)

  • Will PCR tests be available at the hotels?

No, PCR tests can only be conducted by a hospital or a lab.

Please find here a list of hospitals and labs in Los Cabos. 

  • What is the cost of the test?

The cost of the test varies depending on the testing facility. Prices start from $115 CAN dollars. Please find here a list of hospitals and labs with prices, schedules and location in Los Cabos or feel free to contact the testing facilities directly.

  • Can the airline deny boarding a plane if a COVID-19 negative test is not presented before boarding?

Yes. For flights departing to destinations that require a negative test, airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

  • Are there enough tests available in Los Cabos?                                                                                                            

Yes. Los Cabos' tourism authorities are working in partnership with the local and state authorities to ensure testing is widely available and offered to all travelers visiting the destination

  •  What happens if I test positive?

People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery. Hotels and resorts will offer special accommodations and discounted rates to facilitate this process. Please contact your hotel for specific information and health and safety protocols. ​                                                  

  • What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?  Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, all air passengers traveling back to Canada, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • When I return to Canada, what steps should I take before departure?

Please download here the departure protocols.

You can go to the airport to take your return flight to Canada, whether it is direct to Canada or in transit through another country. However, you must have the required documents when travelling. Furthermore, if you are transiting, you must make sure before your departure that there are no special measures in place in the transit country.

It is up to you to contact your airline company for information, last-minute verifications and any modification of tickets. It is also up to you to contact your airline company to enquire on specific conditions in place (for instance, mandatory testing, mandatory masks, types of masks that are accepted, etc.).

We also advise you to find out about travel restrictions to Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions 

  • Do I need to quarantine when arriving to Canada?

It depends. Everyone who travels to Canada still needs to arrive with a quarantine plan in case the officer determines they must isolate for 14 days. The final decision on who has to quarantine rests with the officers at the border.

Starting August 9. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to take the COVID-19 test at the border, unless they are subject to random testing.

Also starting August 9, the mandatory hotel quarantine will no longer be in effect. Until then, however, unvaccinated travellers will still have to stay in a government-approved hotel to wait on the results of their on-arrival test.

  • What if I am not vaccinated, Can I re enter Canada?

Exempt travellers, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents, family members, workers, most international students, and other essential travellers may still cross the border if they are not vaccinated.

They will have to do pre-arrival testing, on arrival testing, and day-eight testing while in quarantine. However, after August 9, they no longer have to stay in a government-approved hotel at their own expense while waiting on the results of their on-arrival test.

Until further notice, unvaccinated tourists are not allowed to come to Canada.

  • Does unvaccinated kids have to quarantine?

For now, unvaccinated kids will have to quarantine and complete testing requirements, even though their fully vaccinated parents or guardians do not.

But starting August 9, kids coming with fully vaccinated adults do not have to quarantine. Instead, they are asked to avoid group settings for 14 days.

  • What are the accepted vaccines to enter Canada? 

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) - single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other
  • Where do I need to submit my documents before arriving to Canada?

Before travelling to Canada: travellers will be asked to provide relevant information, including travel and contact information, quarantine plan according to the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligationsthrough the ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android) – this declaration is mandatory since November 21st 2020 and must be done 72 hours prior arriving in Canada. You can access additional information at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN or visit https://health.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/contact-us.html

Travellers who may experience difficulty submitting their information through ArriveCAN can access additional information at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN or visit https://health.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/contact-us.html.

Failure to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act. In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to you upon entering Canada is also an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to: 

  • 6 months in prison; and/or
  • $750,000 in fines.

For more information about the exemptions listed by the Order In Council, please visit the website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#exemptions

  • What happens if I travel with an unvaccinated children under the age of 12?

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption:

  • must follow all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5)
  • are exempt from quarantine as long as they follow the public health requirements outlined in the handout provided at the border
  • This applies to unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.
  • ArriveCAN: include unvaccinated children under the age of 12 as travellers in your submission. Once you fill out the form and successfully upload your proof of vaccination for family members over the age of 12, you will receive an ArriveCAN receipt for the border.
  • What happens if I travel with an unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17?

Unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17 must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

ArriveCAN Warning: do not include unvaccinated dependent youth aged 12-17 in your ArriveCAN submission. Complete your submission without them so that you have a receipt for the rest of the group. You will be able to provide the information for the youth(s) before boarding your flight or upon entry to Canada.

Other travellers with personal or professional situations may be able to obtain exemptions. Please refer to this website for more info https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions.

Quarantine plan

You must have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic and/or don’t meet the requirements.

If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative. If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.

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