Where to get a COVID-19 PCR test in Melbourne for overseas travel

A negative COVID-19 test is a requirement for most international travel. Here's where you can book a PCR test in Melbourne and wider Victoria.

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If you're planning to leave Victoria for an overseas trip this year, you will need to prove you are COVID-free and safe to travel.

In addition to being fully vaccinated, most countries require you to take a PCR test prior to departure. Failure to show a COVID-19 Travel Certificate could result in the airline refusing to board you.

Fortunately, it's not too difficult to book an RT-PCR test and get your certification for as little as $100. You can arrange a test direct from Melbourne Tullamarine airport or from a number of clinics around Victoria up to 72 hours before you fly.

Compare PCR testing clinics in Melbourne and Victoria

Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Key benefits Price
Combined COVID PCR & Antibody Test
Combined COVID PCR & Antibody Test
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Clinic
$150
 COVID-19 PCR Test for travel
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Airport, Clinic, Home
$150
COVID-19 testing for travellers
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Clinic
$120
Express PCR Testing
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Airport, Clinic
$150
Real Time RT-PCR and IgM Tests for Travel
Day 2
PCR
Clinic
$150
Real-time COVID-19 PCR and IgM Test
PCR
Clinic
$195
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PCR tests in Melbourne

COVID-19 testing for pre-departure international travel clearance is only available at private pathology collection centres. This means you cannot rely on a free test from a COVID-19 testing clinic. Instead, you will need to pay a fee for a COVID-19 Travel Certificate.

The amount you pay will depend on the clinic and how quickly you need the results. You can find a list of clinic locations and compare prices in the table above.

How to book a PCR test from Melbourne Tullamarine airport

Histopath offers express PCR testing from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport with results ready within 1 hour. This is the best option if you forgot to book a test and need a COVID-19 Travel Certificate as quickly as possible.

This test is required for international travel to most countries and meets the needs of all destination governments. You can book a test at Melbourne airport online or call 02 9878 8173 for more information.

How to book a PCR test before arriving at the airport

A number of private clinics provide RT-PCR tests for travel from collection centre locations around Victoria. Clinics operating in Melbourne and wider Victoria include Australian Clinical Labs, 4Cyte Pathology, Healius and Safework Laboratories.

If you want to get your travel certificate sorted before heading to the airport, this may be a better option.

How much do Express PCR tests cost?

An Express RT-PCR Swab test from Melbourne Tullamarine airport costs $150. If you are travelling to China, you will also need to take a Blood Antibody test. The combined cost for both tests is $170.

Can I book a PCR test from Melbourne airport on Saturday or Sunday?

Yes. If your flight is on a weekend, don't worry – Histopath's laboratory performs tests 7 days a week.

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