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Pre-departure COVID-19 tests

If you're travelling internationally, you may need a COVID-19 pre-departure test, even if you've received a COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Many countries have introduced entry requirements in relation to COVID-19, which may include providing proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result before you can check in for your flight.

The pre-departure testing requirements, including types of acceptable tests and documentation required, are set by the country you are travelling to or transiting through. It's your responsibility to check latest government travel requirements well before your departure date so you can prepare. This may include the minimum age of passengers who are required to take the test, approved testing providers and test types. You'll also need to ensure you have valid test result documentation to meet the criteria for travel. See where you can get your COVID-19 test.

When to get your test

Your pre-departure testing window may vary depending on the country you're travelling to and your vaccination status. You'll need to check the airline and government requirements, and comply with the most stringest requirement that applies to your trip.

For travel to Australia, you must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test result taken no more than 3 days ahead of your scheduled departure time. You may consider getting your test 2 days before departure to allow for any potential flight delays, as long as you can ensure your testing provider can deliver the results in time.

Applying for medical clearance

If you've previously had COVID-19, your pre-departure COVID-19 test can show a positive result even if you're not currently infected. In this case, you'll need to apply for COVID-19 past positive medical clearance at least seven days before departure, in addition to your pre-departure test.

We're not able to process any COVID-19 medical clearances at the airport on your day of departure, therefore you'll need to ensure you submit your request at least seven days in advance. Otherwise you may not be able to board your flight. You may also need to carry proof of recovery to comply with individual country requirements.

Showing proof of test results

It's important you have valid proof of your pre-departure COVID-19 test result before you check-in and arrive at the airport. The approved documentation is generally provided by private pathology clinics. You're responsible for paying for your COVID-19 test. 

Free testing clinics are not suitable in most cases, as you need to ensure your test result includes all the necessary information to meet  the relevant government requirements for international travel.

Paper copy of test certificate displaying valid fields

Valid COVID-19 test result example

Printed or digital record with all required information, including:

  • Your full name (as per passport)
  • Your date of birth and/or passport number
  • Where and when the sample collection was taken
  • Name of the testing laboratory
  • Test method used
  • Test result

Invalid COVID-19 test result example

Printed or digital record which lacks all the required information, such as:

  • SMS results from free community testing and drive-through clinics
  • Results that don't show a valid test type or testing facility as required by your destination
  • Results that don't show your collection sample was taken within the time frame required by your destination

Things you need to know:

  • self-administered sample collectionOpens external site for COVID-19 PCR testing at home, without supervision by a trained person, or outside an authorised/accredited testing facility, will not be accepted for arrivals into Australia.Opens external site
  • Tests completed outside the required timeframe won’t be accepted.
  •  If you receive an inconclusive test result, this will be treated the same as a positive test result.
  • If you receive your results electronically, you may also wish to carry a printed copy of your testing certificate with you while travelling.
  • If you're feeling unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should defer your travel plans. For more information, visit Fly Well.

Where can I get my COVID-19 test?

There are many testing facilities available around the world that can provide valid pre-departure COVID-19 test result records. Ensure you check the latest government requirements to understand and comply with the type of test required for the country you're flying to, or transiting through. Also be sure to check that the testing facility you use can provide your test result within the required timeframe before your flight’s scheduled departure.

The following testing facilities are available in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.+ Discounts are available at some laboratories for Qantas passengers.#

Australia

  Collection locations Indicative retail price (PCR test)

Airport locations:

  • Sydney International Airport with rapid testing options available
  • Melbourne International Airport with rapid testing options available
  • Brisbane International Airport with rapid testing options available

Other locations across NSW. See all Histopath locationsOpens external site in a new window.

A$79

  • Abbot Pathology Laboratory (SA)
  • Dorevitch Pathology (VIC)
  • Laverty Pathology (NSW and ACT)
  • QML Pathology (QLD and NSW - Northern)
  • Tasmanian Medical Laboratories (TAS)
  • Western Diagnostic Pathology (WA and NT) 

See all Healius location details and purchase a testOpens external site in a new window.

A$150

Promo code: use FLYAWAY20 for A$20 off per test#

  • Capital Pathology (ACT and South-East NSW)
  • Clinipath Pathology (WA)
  • Clinpath Pathology (SA)
  • Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology / Barratt & Smith Pathology (NSW)
  • Hobart / Launceston / North West Pathology (TAS)
  • Melbourne Pathology (VIC)
  • Southern.IML Pathology (NSW - Wollongong, Illawara region)
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (NT, QLD and Northern NSW)

See all Sonic collection locations and book your testOpens external site in a new window.

A$145

Locations in NSW, VIC, ACT, SA, WA and QLD

See all Clinicalabs collection locations and book your testOpens external site in a new window.

A$150

Locations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland

See all 4Cyte collection locations and book your testOpens external site in a new window.

A$120-180

 

  • Jobfit (NSW, QLD, VIC and WA)
  • Safework Laboratories (NSW, QLD, VIC and WA)

See all Safework Laboratories collection locations and book your testOpens external site in a new window.

A$150

Promo code: use QANTAS21 for A$20 off per test#

United Kingdom

For travel to Australia, ensure your test is completed at an authorised/accredited facility. A self-administered sample collection does not meet Australian Government requirementsOpens external site in a new window.

  Collection locations Indicative retail price (PCR test)

Airport locations:

  • London Heathrow Airport with rapid testing options available
  • Over 30 locations across the UK
  • Day 2 arrival testing available

See all ExpressTest collection locations and book your test.Opens external site in a new window

£59-£119

Promo code: use QANTAS21 for a discount#

Eurofins logo
  • Over 80 locations across the UK
  • Day 2 arrival testing available

See all Eurofins collection locations and book your test.Opens external site in a new window

£34-£78

Promo code: use QANTAS2021 for a 5-10% discount#

  • 7 locations across England
  • Day 2 arrival testing available

See all Screen4 collection locations and book your testOpens external site in a new window

£75

Promo code: use QTS5 for £10 off per test#


  • 14 locations across England
  • Day 2 arrival testing available

See all Collinson collection locations and book your PCR or antigen testOpens external site in a new window.

£69-£95

Promo code: use QANTAS20OFF for 20% off per test#

United States

For travel to Australia, ensure your test is completed at an authorised/accredited facility. A self-administered sample collection does not meet Australian Government requirementsOpens external site.

  Collection locations Indicative retail price (PCR test)


Over 50 locations across USA
15 locations in California (including Los Angeles and San Fransisco)

See all Sameday Health locations and book your COVID testOpens external site.

US$175-250

Price will depend on turnaround time, and further reductions with insurance.

Promo code: use Qantas for 5% discount per test#

Airport locations

LAX International Airport with rapid testing options available

See all Clarity Mobile Lab locations and book your COVID test.Opens external site in a new window

 

US$125-199

Price will depend on turnaround time.

Singapore

For travel to Australia, ensure your test is completed at an authorised/accredited facility. A self-administered sample collection does not meet Australian Government requirementsOpens external site in a new window.

  Collection locations Indicative retail price (PCR test)


Airport Locations:
  • Singapore Changi Airport (Raffles Medical)
  • Over 40 locations across Singapore including 
  • Raffles Medical
  • Fullerton Health

See all Collinson collection locations and book your PCR testOpens external site in a new window.

S$138-160

Promo code: use QANTAS for 5% discount#

It's important you choose your test provider carefully, including doing your own research into:

  • the services they supply,
  • testing locations,
  • whether a booking and/or doctor's referral is required,
  • if the clinic tests all ages,
  • costs and turnaround times, and
  • whether they can provide acceptable documentation to travel.

Note: Qantas does not take responsibility for any delay by a test provider in providing results. It's your responsibility to ensure you obtain a valid COVID-19 test certificate in time for check-in.

COVID test Opens external site in a new window

For other locations and options, check the IATA travel pass lab locator. 

IATA lab locatorOpens external site in a new window

Important Information

Undertake the required COVID-19 pre-departure test under the advice of a medical practitioner.

+ Qantas does not endorse, recommend or approve any providers listed above. Qantas does not take responsibility for any delay by a test provider in providing results. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure they obtain a valid test certificate in time for check-in.

# Discount available to Qantas passengers and subject to change without prior notice.