COVID-19 testing for international 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.

Many countries, airlines and ships may require pre-departure COVID-19 testing. Testing requirements change rapidly and will vary depending on where you travel. 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 test.


IMPORTANT: If you order your test through DHM, you must have your sample collected at a DHM collection location. Some areas and different states or territories may be serviced by another practice with the Sonic network. Click here to confirm the appropriate Sonic practice to order your test through.

Order your COVID-19  travel test in three simple steps

Step 1

Order and pay online for a COVID-19 travel test to receive your pathology request form.

 A doctor referral is not required.

-  PCR swab $145 (AUD)*

-  PCR swab & IgM antibody $195 (AUD)*

*Pricing is subject to change | No Medicare rebate

Step 2

Present for sample collection at a travel testing location. 
No appointment necessary.

Drive-through and collection centre options.

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

Step 3

Receive an SMS with secure link to your international COVID-19 travel report.

Results are typically available within 24 hours of visiting a COVID-19 travel testing location.

QR validation complies with regulatory requirements of carriers and countries.

Please note: 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.

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

It is essential that you check with your destination, transit country and airline an/or shipping line for travel requirements and recommended 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/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.

Important

  • 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.

Find your nearest Sonic Travel Testing COVID-19 collection centre. Collections are performed at select travel testing locations.  An appointment is not required.

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.
  • 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 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.

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 9 am–5 pm, Sat 9 am–12 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 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.

Further information on COVID-19 travel testing

After you order your test online and receive your pathology request form, you are not required to make an appointment at your selected DHM collection centre or drive-through.

No. You can attend any of our COVID-19 collection locations without an appointment or referral. Click here for a list of up-to-date locations and hours, or filter by type of test required using our locations application (integrated with maps) .

We recommend checking your state destinations guidelines prior to departure. Each state has indepentant policies for COVID-19 border travel. 

Updated Monday, 10 January 2022