Order a COVID-19 PCR test for international travel
Please enter your suburb or postcode in order to select the most appropriate location for your COVID travel test
Prior to booking your travel test
Please check with your carrier, transit or destination country or Australian state for their current pre-departure COVID-19 testing guidelines.
For more information on destination guidelines please check smartraveller before booking.
How it works
Ordering your test is a quick and simple three-step process. When you are ready to place your order, we recommend using our collection window calculator to help plan for your testing. Our laboratories perform both COVID-19 RT-PCR and IgM antibody screening.
A doctor referral is not required | No Medicare rebate is available
- COVID-19 PCR swab $145 (AUD)*
- COVID-19 PCR swab & IgM antibody $195 (AUD)*
Travelling to Japan? If you are travelling to Japan, an additional certificate is required, which will be provided automatically through our portal if you select a nasopharyngeal swab test and Japan as your destination country.
*Pricing is subject to change.
1. Order and pay for your COVID-19 test
2. Have your sample collected
3. Receive an SMS notification of your test results
Pathology testing must comply with the travel requirements for your destination.
It is essential that you check with your destination or transit country, embassy, travel agent, airline, and/or shipping line for the required timeframe in which you need to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test.
Once you have completed your order, you will receive an email with your password-protected request form and tax invoice, along with password instructions. Print your prepaid pathology request form and take it to your collection centre or present it on your mobile device.
You can pay for your test online using Mastercard, Visa, or AMEX.
- Ensure that you save your confirmation email and tax invoice which contains your 4-digit report access PIN that you need to open your pathology report.
Have your sample collected
Find out when and where you need to have your COVID-19 travel test collected.
Check when you are required to have your sample collected by using our travel testing calculator.
With over 150 available centres across Australia, we recommend using our locations to find your nearest collection centre. Alternatively search by the test you require for your travel.
Please remember to only present within your collection date and time window that is specific for your travel plans.
- You are required to present to the Sonic pathology collection centre that was specified during the ordering process. Please ensure you choose a collection location that is convenient for you to attend.
- If you present within 24 hours of your departure time we cannot guarantee that your results will be available prior to your departure.
Remember to look for this symbol when visiting the collection centre
Receive an SMS notification of your test results
Test results are typically available within 24 hours after visiting a COVID-19 travel testing collection centre.
In circumstances when there is an outbreak causing an increase in demand for testing, there may be a delay. Please ensure you present for collection as early as possible within your testing window.
When your test is complete and the result is negative, you should receive an SMS within 24 hours after your sample is collected.
The SMS contains a secure link to view your results. You will need the 4-digit PIN provided on your tax invoice to access the result. You must save these results to your mobile device and printing them is recommended.
We highly recommend printing multiple copies of your negative result as some airlines and destinations may require a printed copy of your report.
In the unlikely event that your result is positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the Public Health Unit of the state where your test was collected. You must self-isolate immediately and wait until you are advised by the Public Health Unit of your next steps. You are not able to travel at this time.