Travel COVID tests near me

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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
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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I'm going abroad from Australia. What do I need to do?

Planning a trip abroad this year isn't plain sailing. There are different requirements depending on where you're travelling to – each country has its own system. Most countries and territories will, at the very least, require proof of a negative COVID test before you travel. Some may also require you to show proof of vaccination.

Similarly, there are requirements for anybody entering Australia, including returning citizens. You will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) pre-departure test result taken no more than 3 days ahead of your scheduled departure time. Qantas recommends getting your test 2 days before departure to allow for any potential flight delays.

So before you head abroad, you must:

  1. Check what tests are required by the country you're travelling to.
  2. Check what tests Australia will require when you return.

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).

Recognised vaccines include the following:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  1. AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  2. AstraZeneca Covishield
  3. Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty
  4. Moderna Spikevax
  5. Sinovac CoronaVac
  6. Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  7. Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people aged 18–60)

Or a single dose of:

  1. Johnson & Johnson Janssen-Cilag COVID vaccine

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. Rules and lists change often, so it's wise to check on the relevant government sites before you book anything.

We've listed quick links to our advice pages for travelling to Australia's top 10 travel destinations here:

What are the November 2021 changes?

From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for international travel without seeking a travel exemption.

Are there any exceptions to the vaccination rule?

Children under 12 can travel overseas without being vaccinated. People who can show proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are also permitted to travel unvaccinated. You can also qualify for an exemption in specific circumstances. To find out more, head to the Department of Health's website.

Entering Australia

For your return to Australia, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport (excludes children aged 12 and under) along with proof of vaccination.
  2. Complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure.
  3. Quarantine for 14 days on arrival (unless you have an exemption).

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 your state or territory.

Do not travel list

The Australian government advises against all travel to countries on the do not travel list. As of November 9, the do not travel list includes the following countries:

  • Myanmar
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Venezuela
  • Afghanistan
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • South Sudan
  • Yemen
  • Mali
  • Central African Republic
  • Somalia
  • Niger
  • Chad
  • Iran

If you want to travel to a country on this list, you'll need to check the restrictions it has in place.

What tests do kids need for their return?

Children aged 12–17 are required to undertake a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in Australia. They will also need to quarantine at home for 7 days. A second test will be required on day 5 prior to the completion of quarantine.

Can I get a free COVID test for travel?

Frustratingly, no. The free tests conducted at COVID testing facilities cannot be used for this purpose. The government only provides free PCR tests to people with COVID symptoms or those who are advised to get a test by a medical practitioner or public agency. If you intend to travel, you have to pay for a COVID test.

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