Fast and convenient COVID-19 testing for travel in four easy steps

Melbourne Pathology performs real-time RT-PCR (COVID testing - swab) and IgM antibody screening (COVID serology testing - blood test) for international travellers at select COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in Victoria. 

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 now


COVID-19 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) 
If you are unsure if the country you are travelling to requires the IgM serology blood test, click here.
Please note: Refunds cannot be issued after specimen collection has been performed.

All travellers needing a COVID-19 test must have a pathology request form for testing.
If you present within 24 hours of your departure time we cannot guarantee that your results will be available prior to your departure (see testing and reporting window in section 1).

Note: Only asymptomatic people will be accepted for COVID testing at our travel collection centres (listed in section 3 below). Symptomatic patients should attend one of our dedicated COVID collection sites

IMPORTANT: If you order your test through Melbourne Pathology, you need to have your sample collected at one of Melbourne Pathology's collection centres. If you are departing from a different state, you can select the appropriate practice to order your test here.

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.

For example, you may be asked to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. This means you cannot present for collection prior to the 72-hour window. 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't 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

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. We provide you with a calculator during the ordering process so that you can determine 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 cannot 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
3pm on 19 November

Collection window
3pm 16 November to 3pm 18 November

COVID 19 Testing Window Example

In this example above, you must not present before 3pm on 16 November, or after 3pm 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 one of the listed COVID travel testing collection centre, or you can present it on your mobile device.

You can pay for your test online using Mastercard, Visa, or AMEX.


  • If presenting for testing using your mobile device, ensure you show your passport to the Melbourne Pathology collector so this information can be entered into your file.
  • Ensure that you save the tax invoice as it contains your four-digit report access PIN that you will need to open your pathology report.

Find your nearest Sonic Travel Testing COVID-19 collection centre here.

IMPORTANT: Please remember to only present within your collection date and time window that is specific for your travel plans. No appointment necessary.
If you are travelling to the USA, please visit our North Melbourne collection site (70 Alfred St, North Melbourne).

If you are travelling and being tested within 24 hours of departure, please contact our Results Department on 03 9287 7777 if you haven’t received your report (but have received your SMS result).

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

Collection centres for travellers for COVID testing

NEW SITE: Ascot Vale - 548 Mt Alexander Rd. Open 7 days Monday to Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
NEW SITE: Balaclava - 283B Carlisle St. Open 7 days Monday to Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm. 
North Melbourne - 70 Alfred St, Open 7 days Monday to Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Plenty of onsite and street parking. 
(Ascot Vale, North Melbourne and Balaclava sites recommended for people travelling to the USA)

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

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 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.

Generally test results are available within 24-48 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 receive an SMS with the result and will be contacted by DHHS (if in Victoria) or 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 with the negative result and another SMS with a secure link to view your results. This will be 24-48 hours after your sample is collected. If you do not receive an SMS after 48 hours, please call the Melbourne Pathology Results Department on 03 9287 7777. 
If you are travelling and being tested within 24 hours of departure, please contact our Results Department on 03 9287 7777 if you haven’t received your report (but have received your SMS result).

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. Printing them is also recommended. 

COVID-19 helpline for travellers

Please call our COVID-19 bookings team on 03 9287 7700 and select option 4 (Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm, Sat-Sun 8am - 4pm) or our Results Department on
03 9287 7777 for assistance with any COVID-19 travel-related questions.

Updated Monday, 03 January 2022