COVID-19 PCR travel testing in South Australia

Order your COVID-19 test

Clinpath Pathology performs COVID-19 RT-PCR testing for all travellers at select COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in South Australia.

As border restrictions ease and travel resumes, many countries, airlines and ships require COVID-19 testing for travellers prior to entry, departure or service use. Testing requirements can change rapidly and will vary depending on where you travel.

IMPORTANT:  If you order your test through Clinpath Pathology, you must have your sample(s) collected at one of our dedicated collection centres or drive through locations in SA. If you are departing from a different state or territory, you can select the appropriate Sonic practice to order your test here.

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 located below to help plan for your testing. 

A doctor referral is not required | No Medicare rebate is available

  -  COVID-19 PCR swab $145 (AUD)*

Please note: Clinpath Pathology currently does not offer Serology IgM Screening. We recommend transiting through NSW, QLD, WA or VIC and allow 72 hours for your PCR and IgM testing. 

*Pricing is subject to change.

Order your test in three simple steps

Destination guidelines and sample collection window: It is essential that you check with your destination, transit country and airline for travel requirements and recommended timeframe in which you need to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 PCR test.


1. Order and pay for your COVID-19 test


2. Have your sample collected 


3. Receive SMS notification of your test results

Follow the step-through process and purchase your pathology request. 

Once you have completed your order, you will receive an email with your password-protected request form/tax invoice attached, 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.

  • If printing your request form, please ensure that you have written your passport number and country of issue in the fields provided. If presenting for testing using your mobile device, ensure that you enter your passport number and nationality when entering your information.

  • Ensure that you save the tax invoice as it contains your 4-digit access PIN that you will need to open your pathology report.

Find your nearest COVD-19 travel testing collection centre.  

With over 150 available centres across Australia, we recommend using our locations to find your nearest Clinpath pathology collection centre.

  • 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.

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

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.

Negative results

When your test is complete and the result is negative, you will receive an SMS 24–48 hours after your sample is collected. If you do not receive an SMS after 48 hours, please contact Clinpath Pathology on 1800 870 778 Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm.

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. 

Positive results

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.

Find your 'collection window'

Use our testing timeline calculator to determine when you need to get tested before travelling.

It is essential you check with your carrier, transit and destination countries for the timeframe within which you need your COVID-19 test performed. Carriers may refuse boarding if testing was performed outside their required window. To allow time to process your sample, you must 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.

South Australia FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions for travellers departing or arriving to Victoria

Those travelling to SA will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their departure and undertake testing within 24 hours of arrival.*

 *These requirements are subject to rapid change; please stay up to date with the travel policies of your destination

Clinpath Pathology currently does not offer Serology IgM Screening. If your travel destination requires a Serology IgM Screening, we recommend transitting from one of the folllowing locations and allow 72 hours for testing. 

It is essential you check your destination, transit country and airline for travel requirements and recommended timeframe in which you need to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

You can use the Collection Window Calculator to determine the timeframe for testing based on this information.

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine when arriving to SA. Those who are unvaccinated are required to enter a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and must have a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13.

*These requirements are subject to rapid change; please stay up to date with travel policies of your destination.

If you require further assistance please call our COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 870 778 Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm.

Updated Monday, 29 November 2021