Cartoon graphic of mother and child travellersFast and convenient COVID-19 testing for travel in four easy steps

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.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology can perform real-time RT-PCR and IgM antibody screening at our COVID-19 travel testing collection centres in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
(COVID travel testing is not available in the Northern Territory through Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology)

Order your COVID-19 test now


COVID-19 testing for pre-travel patients is not covered by Medicare and must be pre-paid.
$145 (AUD) – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR swab
$195 (AUD) – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR swab + SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) IgM Serology
Refunds will not be issued after specimen collection has been performed.

IMPORTANT: If you order your test through Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, you need to have your sample collected at one of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's collection centres in QLD or northern NSW only. If you are departing from a different state or territory, you can select the appropriate Sonic practice to order your test here.


1. Check when you are required to have your sample collected ("collection window")

Check with your embassy, travel agent, carrier, or destination for the current guidelines.

Collection window calculator


2. Order and pay for your COVID-19 test online

You will receive your prepaid pathology request along with a specified testing timeframe.


3. Find out where to have your sample collected

Locate your nearest COVID-19 travel testing collection centre and have your sample collected.


4. Receive SMS notification of your test results

Results are sent 24/7 via SMS to your mobile device.

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 can not guarantee that your results will be available prior to your departure (testing and reporting window). 

To find your collection window, click here


Travel requirement
COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of departure

Departing Australia
3 pm on 19 November

Collection window
3 pm 16 November to 3 pm 18 November

COVID 19 Testing Window Example

In this example above, you must not present before 3 pm on 16 November, or after 3 pm 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 your collection centre or present it on your mobile device.

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


  • If printing your request form, please ensure that you have written your passport number and country of issue in the fields provided. If presenting for testing using your mobile device, ensure that you enter your passport number and nationality when entering your information.
  • Ensure that you save the tax invoice as it contains your report four-digit report access PIN that you will need to open your pathology report.

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

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

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

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 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.

Negative results

When your test is complete and the result is negative, you will receive an SMS. If you do not receive an SMS after 48 hours, please phone our COVID helpline on (07) 3300 8930, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, and Sun 8am-1pm

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. 

COVID-19 helpline for travellers

Please call our COVID-19 helpline on (07) 3300 8930, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, and Sun 8am-1pm for assistance with any COVID-19 travel-related questions.

Updated Thursday, 16 September 2021