How to book a PCR COVID test in Australia

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 COVID-19 PCR Test for travel
Pre-departure to return
Airport, Clinic, Home
Combined COVID PCR & Antibody Test
Pre-departure to return
COVID-19 testing for travellers
Pre-departure to return
Express PCR Testing
Pre-departure to return
Airport, Clinic
Real Time RT-PCR and IgM Tests for Travel
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Booking a COVID test: What you need to know

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Overseas travel currently requires proof of a negative PCR COVID test for most countries. This means you will need to book a COVID test prior to your flight. If you're not sure how to book a test or what is required, this guide is here to help.

Where can I book a PCR COVID test?

A COVID test for travel must be taken at a private pathology collection centre. Only private pathology collection centres provide the necessary certification to board an international flight. A text message from a free COVID testing clinic is not sufficient evidence, even if it clearly shows a negative result.

How much does a PCR COVID test cost?

COVID tests for travel range in price from $120 up to around $300. The amount you pay will depend on how quickly you need the results (faster turnaround times are more expensive) and whether you require additional tests such as an IgM Antibody test.

How do I book my test?

You can book a test by clicking on the clinic websites above and following the prompts. Alternatively, you can call them on the phone at the following numbers:

What tests do I need to get?

Before you fly, you will need to check what tests are required for the country you're travelling to. Nearly all countries require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Some countries – including China – require a Blood Antibody/IgM Antibody test in addition to a COVID PCR test.

The clinics in the table above all provide the necessary tests for travel.

It is the traveller's responsibility to check the COVID rules for your destination, including the required test type and cut-off times. To help get you started, here are the testing requirements for Australia's 10 most popular travel destinations. Click on the links to learn more:

I forgot to book a COVID PCR test and my flight is tomorrow. What now?

Most clinics in the table above provide express testing for an additional fee. You can also book a 1 Hour Pre-Departure Service at Sydney and Melbourne Airport from Histopath.

Do I need to get another test before returning to Australia?

Yes. Before you return to Australia, you must do the following:

  1. Book a pre-departure COVID-19 test and bring the negative result to the airport (the test must be taken no later than 72 hours before boarding).
  2. Complete the Australia Travel Declaration.
  3. Quarantine for 14 days on arrival (unless you have an exemption).

You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR pre-departure test 1-3 days before your scheduled departure time. Qantas recommends getting your test 2 days before departure to allow for any potential flight delays.

Note that quarantine arrangements are in the process of being modified in Australia. Depending on when you travel, it may be possible to home quarantine but you will need to get clarification from the state or territory you're staying in.

Do I also need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Currently, travellers need to show evidence that they have been vaccinated at least 7 days prior to international travel into or out of Australia, with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

You can find out more about COVID-19 travel rules on the Australian Department of Home Affairs' information page. In addition, the government's Smartraveller website has a useful step-by-step guide covering all entry and return requirements.

Can anyone fly without being vaccinated?

Most countries allow children under 12 to travel without being vaccinated. People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are permitted to travel unvaccinated, but you will need to provide proof. You can also qualify for an exemption in specific circumstances. To find out more, head to the Department of Health's website.

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