If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild and even if you are fully vaccinated, use a rapid antigen test immediately and self-isolate. Most people don’t need to get a PCR test if they get a positive rapid antigen test result. More information can be found on the getting tested for COVID-19 fact sheet.
Testing clinic capacity
Large volumes of COVID-19 PCR tests are currently being processed. NSW Health is working hard to meet testing demand and is increasing capacity where possible.
Most people receive their results within 72 hours, but please allow up to 4-5 days before contacting the clinic.
With the significant demand currently being experienced in NSW, some travel results are taking longer than 72 hours.
Clinic opening and closing hours are included in this list. You may need to try an alternative clinic if you are still waiting beyond closing time.
Clinic staff will do their best to provide information in these circumstances. We thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience.
There are new ways to test for COVID-19. Most people can now use a rapid antigen test at home to confirm whether they have COVID-19.
If you are travelling to a state or territory that requires a negative PCR (nose and throat swab) test, get tested near your home before you leave. With the significant demand currently being experienced in NSW, some travel results are taking longer than 72 hours. Border region clinics are experiencing increased demand across the holiday period.
COVID-19 testing for domestic travel purposes is free and conducted at NSW testing clinics.
NSW Health does not require people without symptoms to self-isolate after a test for the purposes of travel. People are advised to carefully check and follow the requirements of the jurisdictions they are entering.
Testing for international travel
Some countries and airlines require a pre-departure PCR (nose and throat swab) test result at check-in before you will be allowed to board your flight. Travellers should check the entry requirements of the country they are travelling to, and their airline's requirements.
Contact your nearest private pathology clinic for more information on bookings and testing costs for international travel (departures).
Police may also request proof of your negative PCR test, you should carry this at all times.
International passengers who are fully vaccinated must do a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. They must also comply with the NSW Health guidelines for fully vaccinated international arrivals.