Getting tested for COVID-19 is free, convenient and easy. Information on how to receive your results, including how to register for SMS, is provided at the clinic when you get tested. A list of all clinics offering COVID-19 tests can be found at
COVID-19 test results typically take about 24 hours, but please allow up to 2 days. If you have been tested at a private pathology clinic and not received your results after 5 days please use the relevant test results number to follow up your results.
When a general practitioner (GP) referral is required for a private testing clinic, please check with your GP as GP charges may apply.
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged for a free COVID-19 test at a private pathology clinic, please contact the relevant billing enquiries number for further advice.
Some countries and airlines may require a pre-departure PCR test result at check-in before you will be allowed to board your flight. Travellers should check the entry requirements of the country they are travelling to, and their airline's requirements.
COVID-19 testing for international travel clearance purposes (departures) is conducted at private pathology clinics only and
charges apply for this service.
If you return a negative result, you will be issued with a testing clearance certificate which you will need to board your flight or vessel. You may be required to book in advance for this service.
Contact your nearest private pathology provider for information on bookings and costs for international departure testing. Private pathology providers that offer COVID-19 tests are listed below.
If you are an international arrival, please monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 after arrival. If you develop symptoms within 14 days of arriving in Australia, a PCR test is preferred.
Pre-departure test required for people travelling to Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau
The Australian Government requires pre-departure testing for COVID-19 for people travelling to Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau. From Thursday 5 January 2023, travellers must undertake a COVID-19 test within the 48 hours prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result when travelling to Australia.
For further information please see the COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau factsheet
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