COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (self-test kits)

Rapid antigen tests are a valuable tool that can be used to assess and monitor for COVID-19 infection. Self-test kits use a shallow swab to collect samples from the throat and nose and can provide results in as little as 15 minutes.

If you have tested positive on a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to stay home until symptoms approve and follow the steps outlined for positive cases, including notification of close contacts.

All Residents and Visitors of PEI are encouraged to access Rapid Antigen Tests as needed. Test kits are available through a variety of locations.      

Availability is dependent on supply for each of the following locations: 

  • 9 Access PEI locations

  • Provincial Public Library locations

  • Provincial Visitor Information and Destination Centres (check website for dates/hours of operation)

  • Pharmacies across PEI

  • Arenas and Recreation Centres:

    • Credit Union Centre, Tignish

    • Evangeline Rec Centre, Wellington

    • Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena, Alberton

    • O'Leary Cavendish Farms Arena, O’Leary

    • Tyne Valley Cavendish Farms Community Event Centre, Tyne Valley

    • APM Centre, Cornwall

    • Bedeque Recreation Centre, Bedeque

    • Gateway Arena, Borden-Carleton

    • North Star Arena, North Rustico

    • South Shore Actiplex, Crapaud

    • Plex at Slemon Park, Summerside

    • Credit Union Centre, Kensington

    • Bell Aliant Centre, Charlottetown

    • Simmons Sports Arena, Charlottetown

    • Cody Banks Arena, Charlottetown

    • Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown

    • Belfast Rec Centre, Belfast

    • Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, Montague

    • Eastern Kings Sportsplex, Souris

    • Morell Community Rink, Morell

    • Northumberland Arena, Murray River

    • Pownal Sports Centre, Pownal

    • St. Peters Arena, St. Peters

    • Three Rivers Sportsplex, Georgetown

    • Credit Union Place, Summerside

Storage notes

Rapid tests should NOT be stored in vehicles or areas of your home/business where the temperature may go below 2 Celsius. The temperature of a COVID -19 rapid test must stay between 2 - 30 degrees (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are good places to store the test kit until you use it).

Four Rapid Antigen Tests are available to the public.

  • FlowflexTM Rapid Antigen Test (blue and white)
  • SD Biosensor Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test (pink and white)
  • BTNX Rapid Response™ (green)

  • Abbott Panbio™ Rapid Antigen Tests (blue and white)

This video shows how to self-administer the test, regardless of which test you have.


Additional information


Published date: 
December 11, 2023
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121