COVID-19 PCR travel testing in the south coast, NSW including Wollongong, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla areas

Order you COVID-19 test

Southern.IML Pathology performs COVID-19 RT-PCR and IgM antibody screening for all travellers at select COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla regions.

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 Southern.IML Pathology, you must have your sample(s) collected at one of our collection centres in Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla regions. 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)*

  -  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.

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.

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 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 Southern.IML pathology collection centre. 

If you are travelling and being tested within 24 hours of departure, please contact our Results Department on (02) 4224 7474 if you haven’t received your report (but have received your SMS result).

  • 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


Collection centres for COVID-19 travel testing

No onsite COVID testing performed at these sites for patients with symptoms, or people who have attended an exposure site.


Engadine - Shop 4, 17-23 Station Street, M-F  7.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.30am.

Helensburgh - Shop 2, 131 Parkes Street, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Thirroul - Shop 2, 3 King Street, M-F 7.30am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Woonona - 44 Hopetoun Street, M-F 7.30am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Sat 8:30am - 11:30am.

Corrimal - Shop 5, 83-85 Railway Street, M-F  7.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.30am.

Balgownie - Shop 6, 154 Balgownie Road, M-F  7:30am - 11.30am.

Fairy Meadow - 88-90 Princes Highway, M-F 8.00am - 12.30pm, 1.00pm - 3.00pm, Sat 9.00am - 12.00pm.

Wollongong - 37 Denison Street, M-F 7:30am - 5:30pm, Sat 8.00am - 12.00pm

Figtree - 177 The Avenue, M-F 8.00am -1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Unanderra - 23B Central Road, M-F 7.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.001m

Dapto - Shops 8 & 9, 37-39 Princes Highway, M-F 7.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.30am.

Oak Flats - 73 Central Avenue, M-F 7.30am - 12.30pm, 1.00pm -  2.00pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Albion Park - Shop 5, 146 Tongarra Avenue, M-F 7.30am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Shellharobur City - Unit 16, 75 Cygnet Avenue,  M-F 7.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am. 

Shellharbour - 2-6 College Avenue, M-F 8:00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Sat 8:00am - 11.00am.

Shell Cove - 2 Shallows Drive, M-F 8:00am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11:00am.

Warilla - 109 Shellharbour Road,  M-F 7:30am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.30pm, Sat 8.30am - 11:30am.

Warrawong - Shop 1, 210 Cowper Street, M-F 7:30am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

Kiama - Unit 25, 83 Manning Street, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Sat 8.00am-11.00am.

Gerringong - Unit 4a, 16 Greta Street, M-F  7.30am - 12.30pm,  1.30pm - 4.00pm,  Sat 8am - 11.00am.

Gerringong - 35 Jupiter Street, M-F  8.00am - 12.00pm.

Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla

Moruya - 45 Queen St, M-F 8.00am - 4.00pm.

Narooma - Shop 5, 114 Wagonga Street, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Batehaven- Shop 8, 3-5 Corrigan Crescent, M-F 8.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.30pm.

Ulladulla - 111 Princes Highway, M-F 8.00am - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Surf Beach - 640 Surf Beach Road, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm.

Milton - 135 Princes Highway, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.30pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Mollymook - Shop 12, 80 Tallwood Avenue, M, W, F  8.00am - 12.00pm, Tues 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Sussex Inlet - Shops 1 & 2, 166 Jacobs Drive, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm.

Callala Bay - 6 Chisholm St, M-W  8.30am - 12.00pm.

Culburra Beach - Prince Edward Avenue & Canal St East, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Nowra - 57 Junction St, M-F 7.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.00am - 12.00pm.

North Nowra - 21 McMahons Road, M-F 8.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

Sanctuary Point- Unit 4, 195 Kerry St, M-F 7:30am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Sat 8.00am - 11.00am.

Shoalhaven Heads - 141 Shoalhaven Heads Road, M-F 8:00am - 12.30pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm


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 Southern.IML Pathology on 02 4224 7474 Mon-Fri 7.30 am - 6.00 pm, Sat 8.00 am - 12.00 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 coast FAQ

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

Those travelling to NSW will be required to have a COVID-19 test after they arrive.* We recommend checking with your airline prior to entry, as some airlines require a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding. 

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

Southern.IML Pathology services along the south coast of NSW, this includes the areas from Engadine to Wollongong, Shellharbour,  Nowra, Batemans Bay and Narooma. 

When attending a collection location for your travel test, please ensure you select the correct pathology practice that covers your local area.   

Still unsure of where to present for your test? Find a collection location near you.

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine when arriving to NSW. Those who are unvaccinated are required to enter a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, with capped arrivals at 210 travellers per week.* 

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

Please check our FAQ's for more information on COVID-19 travel testing. If you require further assistance please call our COVID-19 Hotline on 02 4224 7474 Mon-Fri 7.30 am - 6.00 pm, Sat 8.00 am - 12.00 pm

Updated Monday, 29 November 2021