WestJet is expanding it pre-travel testing program for BC and Ontario travellers headed to Hawaii.
In British Columbia, the airline is collaborating with LifeLabs in that province to offer State of Hawaii-approved pre-departure testing.
A negative COVID test within 72-hours of departure will exempt the guest from the state’s required 14-day quarantine.
Billy Nolen, WestJet Vice-President Safety, Security and Quality, said: “WestJet is pleased to facilitate pre-departure travel testing in British Columbia for the start of our Hawaii flying.”
Nolen continued: “COVID-19 testing is key to ensuring safe and confident travel. We are pleased to be working with LifeLabs to offer testing approved by the State of Hawaii for our guests travelling from BC.”
Charles Brown, President and CEO of LifeLabs, said: “As Canada’s largest medical laboratory, LifeLabs is focused on providing Canadians with COVID-19 testing solutions that keeps them safe – whether it’s in their own communities or when travelling abroad.”
And Brown added: “We are proud to partner with WestJet to provide their guests with access to testing and high-quality, reliable results.”
Those wishing to book a pre-departure test from BC can do so by locating a LifeLab partner clinic listed on www.westjet.com/covidtesting page.
The cost of the test is $250 plus tax, payable by the guest.
WestJet and LifeLabs will have more information on additional BC testing locations shortly.
WestJet is also collaborating with LifeLabs in Ontario to offer State of Hawaii-approved pre-departure testing.
Through its FlyClear program, LifeLabs will provide WestJet guests with a convenient online method to book a COVID-19 test online at a participating Shoppers Drug Mart across Ontario ahead of travelling to Hawaii.
Nolen said that: “WestJet is pleased to facilitate additional pre-departure travel testing across Ontario in time for the start of our Hawaii flying from Calgary and Vancouver.”
And he continued: “We are pleased to be working with LifeLabs and select Shoppers Drug Mart locations to offer testing approved by the State of Hawaii for our Ontario-based guests.”
Ashesh Desai, executive vice-president, Pharmacy and Healthcare at Shoppers Drug Mart, said that: “Our stores and pharmacy teams are a convenient, trusted resource for Canadians, and have continued to play an important role as the country looks for ways to manage COVID-19. Through this program, we can help WestJet guests fly safely and with confidence, a first start as we find ways to safely reopen the economy.”
Those wishing to book a pre-departure test from Ontario can do so through LifeLabs for $199 plus tax, payable by the guest, by visiting www.LifeLabs.com/FlyClear .
All information on WestJet’s testing offers and processes can be found at www.westjet.com/covidtesting .
Guests travelling to Hawaii are responsible for ensuring they receive a test within 72-hours of their flight departing to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine and will be required to display their negative test result prior to boarding.
If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveller must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter.
All visitors intending to visit Hawaii must register prior to travel and Hawaii entrance requirements are found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/.
Go to www.westjet.com for more.