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You need to provide evidence of vaccination and a negative test before travel to Australia 

Hi Simon, if you are flying into Sydney from Europe, do you need to have a test within 24 hours and does it have to be at a private pathology lab? So confused right now.


Hi Kim,

It’s not within 24 hours, but you do need to have had a negative test and provide evidence of that negative test within three days (72 hours) of your planned departure.

It doesn’t say whether that test has to be done at a private lab, but without knowing where in Europe you are, that might be your only option.

It does make clear that it has to be a supervised lab test, so not one that you’ve done yourself.

Here’s what the health department website says:

You must show evidence that you have been vaccinated, at least 7 days prior to international travel into or out of Australia, with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

You must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure to your airline when you check-in for a flight to travel into Australia.

The website says:

At check-in, you must provide proof of an accepted negative supervised laboratory COVID-19 test using a respiratory sample or saliva.

Accepted tests include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), which may also be reported as RT-PCR or PCR.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are not accepted and neither are serology tests.

Just for completeness, the recognised vaccines are as follows:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people aged 18-60)
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin.

Or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

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