PCR and Antigen Testing in Quebec City

COVID: PCR & Antigen Testing in Quebec

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 by Pamela

It’s the end of 2022, and COVID testing has become a standard as we begin to leave our bubbles and travel to destinations around the world. Québec City, like every other tourist destination, was hit hard by the pandemic, but now that the USA/Canada border has reopened, we welcoming back our American friends.

The United States of America is one of the biggest tourism markets for Québec City and destinations throughout Canada. We’ve missed Americans during the pandemic.

Life, of course, is not at all like the before times. There are more rules and guidelines as we continue to find ways to protect ourselves against variants like Omicron.

Below you’ll find information on what you need for travel to Québec City, COVID restrictions in Québec City, and how to get tested prior to returning to your home country.

Travelling to Québec City (or anywhere in Canada)

The emergence of Omicron has adjusted the travel restrictions for Canada, and travellers arriving from a handful of countries (Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) within 14 days are not permitted entry in Canada.

In fact, any fully vaxxed traveller arriving in Canada who has visited a country other than the United States within 14 days may be subject to COVID testing upon arrival and must quarantine until they receive negative test results.

Before booking travel, you can check out this handy tool by the Government of Canada to find out if you can enter Canada.

  • Be fully vaxxed at least 14 days prior to your arrival in Canada.
  • You must be symptom free upon arrival in Canada.
  • A negative molecular test result within 72 hours of your scheduled departure to Canada. Molecular tests accepted are PCR, NAT, NAATs, and RT-LAMP. You can also present a positive molecular test result taken 14 – 180 days prior. This is valid for everyone ages 5 and up!
  • All proofs must have the following information: traveller name and birthdate, name and address of the clinic/facility that administered the test, the date the test was taken, the type of test taken, and the result of said test. *Keep these results with you for 14 days, beginning with the day you arrive in Canada.
  • You must download the ArriveCAN app and upload your negative test results within 72 hours of your arrival in Canada.

COVID Restrictions in Québec

Yay, you’re coming to Québec! Oh, how we have missed you. While you are here, there are a few things to remember.

  1. Masks are required inside in closed in (and partically closed in) public spaces, including public transport.
  2. Proof of vaccination is required for entry into all restaurants, bars, events, festivals, cinemas, indoor attractions, ski resorts, and sporting events.

For updated information, visit the Government of Québec’s website here: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

Where to get a PCR test before leaving Québec City

Currently, travellers from the United States are required to have a molecular test the day before returning to the USA and have a negative result. A rule which went into place on December 6, 2021.

So, where do you go in Québec City for your PCR or antigen test?

In Québec, Santé Medic is the official go-to for PCR and antigen tests for international travellers. The best way to find a clinic and book an appointment is to visit their website: https://covidtest.santemedic.ca/quebec. You can also call 581-703-7974 (when you call, press 9 for English).

  • PCR Swab Test is $199 CAD – results within 24-hours.
  • Rapid Antigen Test is $119 CAD – results within 15 mins. Valid for travel to the US.
  • Swab Test (RT-PCR) + Antibody (IgG, IgM) combo is $249 CAD – results within 24-hours. Approved by the Chinese embassy.

*There are no testing sites located in Old Québec City (Vieux-Québec), which means you’ll need to take a taxi or uber to your testing location, and back.

Currently, there are two testing sites available to international travellers:

Elna Medical: 1398 chemin Ste-Foy – book online or call using the information above.

Elna Medical: 575 rue Clémenceau, Beauport – drive-up testing. Book online or call using the information above.

Are you travelling to another destination in Québec? Use the Santé Medic link above to find a testing site. If you’re going to Montréal, there are a few hotels in Old Montréal that are rapid testing sites.

Going to a clinic can be inconvenient, however, before booking check with your hotel. Some hotels in Québec City will arrange COVID testing for their guests, for an additional fee.


Disclaimer: The information in this post is subject to change. Always check your country’s re-entry requirements prior to travel, as well as the requirements for your destination. In the above article, I have linked to resources at the CDC, US Embassies, and the Government of Canada. All of which are updated as the COVID pandemic evolves.