COVID-19 PCR travel testing in Victoria
Melbourne Pathology performs COVID-19 RT-PCR and IgM antibody screening for all travellers at select COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in Victoria (VIC).
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 Melbourne Pathology, you must have your sample(s) collected at one of our collection centres in VIC. 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)*
*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 your confirmation email and tax invoice which contains your 4-digit report access PIN that you need to open your pathology report.
2. Have your sample collected
Find your nearest COVD-19 travel testing collection centre.
Check when you are required to have your sample collected by using our travel testing calculator.
North Melbourne - 70 Alfred St, Open 7 days Monday to Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Onsite and street parking. (This site recommended for people travelling to the USA)
Balaclava - 287B Carlisle St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 12:30pm, Sun 8:30am - 12:30pm
Ballarat - 63 Victoria St, M-F 8:30am - 5pm
Beaumaris - 471 Balcombe Rd, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 11:30am
Bendigo - L1, 1 Chum St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 12noon
Bentleigh - 153 Jasper Rd, M-F 7:30am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 12noon
Cranbourne - 26 William St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 12noon
Deepdene - 59 Whitehorse Rd, M-F 7:30am - 5:30pm, Sat 7:30am - 12noon
Epping - Suite 8/230 Cooper St, M-F 9am - 3:30pm, Sat 8:30am - 11am
Geelong (Waurn Ponds) - Epworth Geelong, 1 Epworth Pl, M-F 8:30am - 5pm
Gisborne - Shop 10, Gisborne Village Market, 34A Hamilton St, M-F 10am - 2pm
Moe - 46 - 48 Albert St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 11:30am
Moonee Ponds - 45A Hall St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 11am
Mornington - 262 Main St, M-F 8:30am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 12noon
Niddrie - Ground Floor, 8 Treadwell Rd, M-F 8:30am - 3:30pm, Sat 9am - 11:30am
Pakenham - Unit 2, 63 Main St, M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-12noon
Ringwood - 38 Bond St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 12noon
Rye - 2 Ozone St, M-F 9:30am - 5pm (closed 1-2pm)
Shepparton - 92-94 Maude St, M-F 8am - 2pm
Somerville - 67 Eramosa Road West, M-F 8:30am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 12noon
St Albans - 22 Victoria St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 11am
Please note: These sites are CLOSED on public holidays. See our dedicated COVID collection sites for sites that are open.
- 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
3. 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 will receive an SMS 24–48 hours after your sample is collected. If you do not receive an SMS after 48 hours, please contact Melbourne Pathology on (03) 9287 7700 and select option 4, Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun 8 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.
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.