COVID-19 testing for travel

Melbourne Pathology can perform testing on asymptomatic people requiring COVID-19 testing for travel.

Travellers can attend one of our collection centres listed below for COVID collection. Only asymptomatic people will be accepted for COVID testing at these sites. Symptomatic patients should attend one of our dedicated COVID collection sites

All travellers needing a COVID-19 test must have a pathology request form for testing.

Cost

COVID testing for pre-travel patients is not covered by Medicare and must be pre-paid.
$145 - COVID-19 PCR (swab)
$195 - COVID-19 PCR (swab) + IgM Serology (blood test) 

How can I get a referral?

Travellers can obtain a referral for a COVID-19 pre-travel test from your doctor, or by contacting us on 03 9287 7700 and selecting option 4 or email covidbookings@mps.com.au. You will need to pre-pay for your test over the phone.

How will I receive my result?

Travellers will receive their result via a secure link to view, download, save or send. Once the test is complete you can download the report using a unique 4-digit pin. If you have not received your result (including your emailed report) within 48 hours of collection, please contact our Results Department on 03 9287 7777. If you are flying to a country that requires a stamp on the report, you must call 03 9287 7777 so that this can be arranged.
 

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Travelling to the snow in Victoria?

For people who need a COVID-19 test to travel to the snow (alpine), click here for testing information.

Travelling overseas and need a COVID test?

Call 03 9287 7700 and select option 4 to order your request form for COVID-19 testing

Collection centres for ASYMPTOMATIC travellers for COVID testing

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

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 - 5:30pm, 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, Mon - Sat 8:30 - 9:30am only

East Melbourne - 124 Grey St, M-F 11am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 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

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

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 8:30am - 5pm (closed 1-2pm) 

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.
 

COVID-19 serology testing (IgM)

SARS-CoV-2 serology testing is available at Melbourne Pathology. 
Currently, the main role of COVID-19 serology is in the retrospective diagnosis of disease. Testing is not advised until at least 14 days after a suspected illness. This test does NOT diagnose acute infection in the patient. COVID-19 serology assesses if the person has an immune response to the virus, which takes at least two weeks to develop. It may be useful when symptomatic individuals with suspected COVID-19 have not been tested by PCR for SARS-CoV-2 at the time of their illness, or when their result was negative or inconclusive. It can also identify those whose previous infection was asymptomatic.

While most infected individuals will have detectable antibody by the third week after symptom onset, the duration of the antibody response remains uncertain and whether it results in protective immunity, has not been established. It is important that all patients who have had infection with SARS-CoV-2, whether diagnosed by PCR or serology, should still have a COVID-19 vaccine once eligible.

Pre-travel testing
Our initial test is with the Roche Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total antibody test, which detects both IgG and IgM. If testing for COVID-19 by IgM is required for immigration purposes, along with PCR, this will be covered by this assay. All samples which are reactive by this assay are reflexed to a second assay, the Diasorin Liaison IgG Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG test. These tests have been accredited by NATA for use in our laboratory.

For those requiring a COVID RT-PCR + IgM serology test for travel purposes, these patients must attend one of our asymptomatic COVID testing branches listed above. Click here to view the closest available collection centre to you. Please check the hours of COVID testing prior to presenting. Patients cannot attend one of these branches for a COVID test if they have COVID symptoms.