Where to get a COVID PCR test in Sydney for overseas travel

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COVID-19 tests in Sydney have become a reality for anyone planning to fly overseas. This is a requirement for international travel to most countries. Being fully vaccinated isn't enough – you also have to prove you don't have the virus via a recognised COVID-19 Travel Certificate.

Compare PCR testing clinics in Sydney and NSW

Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Key benefits Price
 COVID-19 PCR Test for travel
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Airport, Clinic, Home
$150
Combined COVID PCR & Antibody Test
Combined COVID PCR & Antibody Test
Pre-departure to return
PCR
Clinic
$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 Sydney

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 testing clinic. Instead, you will need to pay a fee for a COVID-19 Travel Certificate.

Fortunately, it's not too difficult to book a PCR test and get your certification for as little as $100. You can arrange a test from a number of clinics around New South Wales up to 72 hours before you fly. The amount you pay will depend on the clinic and how quickly you need the results.

You can find a list of clinic locations where you can book a test and receive your COVID-19 Travel Certificate below.


How to book a PCR test before arriving at the airport

A number of private clinics provide PCR tests for travel from collection centre locations around New South Wales. Clinics operating in Sydney and wider New South Wales include Australian Clinical Labs, 4Cyte Pathology and Histopath.

To book a test, simply head to the website of your preferred (or most local) testing provider and follow the relevant appointment booking instructions outlined. Many of the testing locations don't actually require an appointment and offer services on a walk-in basis.


How much do express PCR tests cost?

An Express RT-PCR Swab test from Wickham Histopath Pathology Drive-Through Clinic costs $150. If you are travelling to China, you will also need to take a Blood Antibody test. Both tests combined cost $170.


PCR testing centres in Sydney and NSW

COVID PCR test frequently asked questions


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