London assessment centres to halt testing for international travellers

A health-care worker performs a nasal swab on a woman. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / dolgachov.

People requiring a COVID-19 test to travel outside of Canada will no longer be able to get it at London’s assessment centres.

Thames Valley Family Health Team, which operates the two centres in partnership with the London Health Sciences Centre, announced the change on Thursday.

“This is in compliance with a change in testing criteria from the Province of Ontario,” read a statement from Thames Valley Family Health Team. “Travellers needing a COVID-19 test should now search for other options, including private testing facilities.”

Private testing options in the London region will be posted online at

The change in testing eligibility for travellers takes effect on January 15.

London’s assessment centres are located at the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre on Elizabeth Street and at the Oakridge Arena on Valetta Street. Both sites will continue to offer free testing for those who are showing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a confirmed case, or live or work in a setting with an outbreak. Individuals with no symptoms who require a test for work as an essential health worker, long-term care visits, a medical procedure, or cancer treatment will also be allowed to go to the assessment centres.