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Where can I buy my Covid arrival test in Australia?

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Friday 25 February 2022 13:06
<p>Vaccinated travellers must do a PCR or lateral flow within 24 hours of touchdown</p>

Vaccinated travellers must do a PCR or lateral flow within 24 hours of touchdown

Q I understand that, on arriving in Sydney, you have to have an antigen test within 24 hours. Where do you buy these tests – or can you bring a testing kit with you from the UK? Do you have to send off the results of your test if it is negative?


A After almost two years of closure, Australia opened up last Monday to fully vaccinated travellers. Everyone needs a pre-departure test (lateral flow, no more than 24 hours before taking off for Australia). The requirement when arriving in Australia (apart from Western Australia, which remains effectively closed) is for a PCR or lateral flow (rapid antigen) test within 24 hours of touchdown. Visitors to New South Wales are required to take another test on day six of their stay.

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