3 simple steps for COVID-19 travel testing

The testing process is quick, simple, and involves only three steps.

Please check your destination or transit guidelines at SmartTraveller.gov and your sample collection window prior to ordering. 

  1. Order online
  2. Get your sample collected
  3. Receive your test results

For more information, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 1 – Order online

Follow the step-through process and purchase your pathology request. Print your prepaid pathology request form and do not forget to save a copy with your other travel documents.

Order from your local Pathology practice

Step 2 – Get your sample collected

Find your nearest Sonic Travel Testing COVID-19 collection centre for COVID-19 travel RT-PCRCOVID-19 travel RT-PCR + IgM or COVID-19 travel Japan testing.

IMPORTANT: Please remember to ONLY present within the collection window that is specific for your travel plans. Return here to connect with your local testing laboratory.


Sonic Healthcare logo helixRemember to look for the Sonic logo when visiting the collection centre.

Check when you are required to have your sample collected ('collection window')

It's essential that you check with your travel carrier, transit and destination countries for the required timeframe within which you need to have your COVID-19 test performed.  When you place your order, please ensure that you use the collection window calculator provided.

For example, you are asked to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. This means you cannot present for collection of your swab or blood prior to the start of the 72-hour window. Please present as soon as this window opens.


Testing timeline calculator

 
 
Please have your sample collected within the time specified in the dark blue testing window according to the guideline of your travel service or destination country. A negative test is usually required 48 OR 72 hours prior to departure. Ensure that you have confirmed the latest guidelines for your travel before ordering your test.
If your sample is collected in the red window we cannot guarantee that you will receive your report prior to departure.

Step 3 - Receive your test results

Once your samples have been collected, they are delivered to one of our laboratories for testing. You will receive an SMS when your results are reported and a full pathology report is available to you via the secure link. You will need the PIN found on the top right-hand corner of your invoice (sent with your request form – page 2) to open your secure link.

Updated Tuesday, 16 November 2021