Rapid antigen testing devices, known as Point of Care Tests or rapid tests, can be used to screen for COVID-19 and provide results on-site within 15 minutes.
You can register online to get your POCT test kit. Rapid POCT tests should only be used when an individual over the age of 2 years develops symptoms. You can now book an appointment to pick up a rapid test kit, even if you’re currently feeling well, to use if symptoms develop later.
If your child is under the age of 2 and has COVID symptoms, please contact a primary care provider or eVisitNB.ca to discuss whether a PCR test is required.
A positive rapid POCT result is a positive case of COVID-19. If you have a positive rapid POCT, follow the online instructions for those who test positive.
Not everyone needs to be tested. People who are ill should stay at home and take precautions when leaving their home.
We recommend COVID tests for:
- people who work in vulnerable settings
- people who are at a higher risk of severe illness and who would consider treatment
If you have a negative rapid POCT test and your symptoms worsen, or new symptoms develop, you should test again in 24 hours. If still negative retest in 48 hours.
PCR tests for COVID-19 are available when requested by a primary care provider.
While awaiting your test and result, you are encouraged to stay home if you have symptoms.
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.
If you were tested for COVID-19, are 16 or older, have a Canadian Health Care Number (NB Medicare or other provincial/federal card), and were provided with a Registration Sheet, you may register for a MyHealthNB account to check your own results online at myhealth.gnb.ca.
MyHealthNB allows you to print an official PDF copy of your COVID-19 test result for the purposes of travel.
PCR Test Results for Children
Parents/Guardians may be able to access the COVID-19 test results for a child (must be under 16 and have an NB Medicare number).
It is the responsibility of the traveller to remain aware of, and to comply with, the standards for vaccination, testing, or documentation required by their travel destination, stop-over locations, and travel provider. If you are travelling to, or from, an international destination, please visit the Government of Canada's travel advice and advisories page for your destination(s) to verify travel health recommendations, safety and security information.
If you require either a PCR or a rapid POCT antigen test supervised by a healthcare professional for travel, the following companies offer fee-based travel testing: