Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests

If you're travelling to New Zealand from Australia, you'll need a COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test, even if you've received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Last updated: 30 July 2021

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Before booking and before you travel, ensure you check the latest AustralianOpens external site in a new window and New ZealandOpens external site in a new window government travel requirements, including any applicable Australian State Government restrictions and requirements, to ensure you are eligible to travel and have completed any required documentation.

To travel on this flight and to be eligible to enter New Zealand, you must not have visited a country outside of Australia and New Zealand in the 14 days before your trans-Tasman flight and not have been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot.

Find out more about travel between Australia and New Zealand.

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Pre-departure testing requirements

The requirement to have a COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test with a negative result applies to passengers aged two years old (24 months) and over who have been in Australia for more than 72 hours, unless you have an exemption.

Your test must be taken no more than 72 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time from Australia, and you must receive your negative result prior to check-in, so please plan to help ensure a seamless journey.

For full information, including specific testing requirements, exemptions and travel from countries other than Australia, visit the New Zealand Government websiteOpens external site in a new window.

Getting an approved pre-departure test

The COVID-19 PCR testing and result certificates that you need for travel are provided by private pathology clinics only. Free testing clinics are not suitable, as you need an approved pathology test and dated report that meets New Zealand Government travel requirements (outlined below). You are responsible for paying for your COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test.

You need to have your COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your flight from Australia to New Zealand, and receive your test result before check-in. Results typically take 24-48 hours, so it's important to plan ahead.

Where to test Who needs a test What needs to be on your test certificate Acceptable test certificate formats

Your COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test must be carried out at a private testing clinic.

Note: community testing centres aren't able to provide the approved documentation for travel.

For more information see finding your testing location.

If you're 2 years of age or older, you'll need a pre-departure test with a negative result, unless you have an exemptionOpens external site in a new window.
  • Your full name (as per passport)
  • Your date of birth and/or passport number
  • The date and time the test was conducted
  • Name of the testing lab
  • Test type
  • Test result

Either a printed or digital copy of your negative test result will be accepted.

Your test certificate must be in the approved format – see below for examples of valid and invalid test certificates.

 

Note:

  • Tests completed outside the stated 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.

Valid test certificate examples

Electronic copy of test certificate displaying valid fields

Digital version of test certificate displaying:

  • Your full name (as per passport)
  • Your date of birth and/or passport number
  • The date and time the test was conducted
  • Name of the testing lab
  • Test type
  • Test result
Paper copy of test certificate displaying valid fields

PDF version of test certificate displaying:

  • Your full name (as per passport)
  • Your date of birth and/or passport number
  • The date and time the test was conducted
  • Name of the testing lab
  • Test type
  • Test result

Invalid test certificate examples

SMS test result from community testing centre

SMS test result from laboratories

Finding your testing location

There are a range of clinicsOpens external site in a new window in Australia that offer COVID-19 PCR and RT-PCR pre-departure tests and travel certificates, such as those listed below which were provided on the New Zealand Government website as at 12 July 2021. Discounts are available at some laboratories for Qantas passengers

  Collection locations Indicative retail price

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  • 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.

$150

Promo code: use QFTT0721 for $20 off per test

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  • 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.

$145
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  • 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.

$150

Promo code: use QANTAS21 for $20 off per test

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 PCR test certificate in time for check-in.

Important information

 Please undertake the required PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test under the advice of a medical practitioner.

Disclaimer: * Additional conditions for travel between Australia and New Zealand include mandatory health and travel declarations, use of face masks, immigration and entry requirements (which may include renewing your passport or applying for a visa or NZeTA)  or you could be denied entry.

Disclaimer: ^ There are some exemptions for pre-departure tests, including if you're under 2 years of age or for medical reasons you cannot take the test. See the New Zealand GovernmentOpens external site in a new window website for more information.

Disclaimer: + Qantas does not endorse, recommend or approve any providers listed above or as listed on the New Zealand government website. 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.

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