Fast and convenient COVID-19 testing for travel

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) performs COVID-19 real-time RT-PCR and IgM antibody screening for international travellers at select COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in NSW.

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

Order your COVID-19 test online

IMPORTANT:  If you order your test through DHM, you must have your sample collected at one of our collection centres in NSW. 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 plan is quick, easy, and involves four steps

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

  -  COVID-19 PCR swab $145

  -  COVID-19 PCR swab & IgM antibody  $195

Please note: Anyone travelling to Japan is advised to contact our dedicated COVID-19 Hotline 1800 026 622 to discuss testing, as an additional certificate needs to be arranged by an external provider, and a nasopharyngeal swab is essential.

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. If samples are collected in the red window, we can not guarantee you will receive your report in time.

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 required usually required 48 OR 72 hours prior to departure. Ensure that you have confirmed the latest guidelines for your travel before ordering your test.


1. Check when you are required to have your sample collected


2. Order and pay for your COVID-19 test online


3. Find out where we can collect your sample


4. Receive SMS notification of your test results

Pathology testing must comply with the travel requirements for your destination.

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. 

For example, this may be within 72 hours of departure. During the ordering process, an online calculator is provided to assist with determining the timeframe during which you must have your sample(s) collected (your collection window).

If you present within 24 hours of your departure time we can not guarantee that your results will be available prior to your departure (testing and reporting window). 


Travel requirement
COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of departure

Departing Australia
3 pm on 19 November

Collection window
3 pm 16 November to 3 pm 18 November

COVID 19 Testing Window Example

In this example above, you must not present before 3 pm on 16 November, or after 3 pm on 18 November.

Follow the easy 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.


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

Find your nearest Sonic Travel Testing COVID-19 collection centre. Collections are performed at select travel testing locations.  

Click one of the links below to find a filtered list of DHM locations based on the COVID-19 travel test required:

COVID-19 travel RT-PCR COVID-19 travel RT-PCR + IgM COVID-19 travel Japan

IMPORTANT: Please remember to only present within your collection date and time window that is specific for your travel plans.

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

Please note that typically, test results are available within 24 hours after visiting a COVID-19 travel testing collection centre. In circumstances where there is an increase in demand for testing, there can be a delay.

Please ensure you present for collection as early as possible in your testing window.

Positive results

In the unlikely event that your results are 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.

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 phone the testing laboratory via our dedicated COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 026 622 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–12pm).

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. 

Updated Friday, 22 October 2021