COVID-19 PCR Test for Travel on Etihad
Here are Safework Laboratories opening hours over the holiday season.
Weekday PCR Collections: All locations, Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on Christmas Day
To get your COVID-19 RT-PCR Test for travel, simply follow these 5 easy steps:
The Safework Laboratories COVID-19 PCR Test for Travel provides travellers with the required digital and printable documents of their test results, allowing them to meet safety requirements before boarding a plane or embarking on a trip. Our specially-trained collectors conduct testing of asymptomatic travellers for COVID-19 at our nationwide collection centres, where strict health and safety protocols are always at the forefront of our company.
To be part of the Etihad TrustOne trial, download the app from the App Store or Google Play and register using your email address. Ensure when registering with TrustOne use Etihad as “Company Client Code”. You can register here as well.
- Book online or call our client service number.
Book online to attend one of our laboratory locations. Alternatively, our client services team can set an appointment at a collection centre location that’s most convenient to you. Call 1300 905 180.
We will send you a booking email that will confirm your appointment details.
- Receive a confirmation booking email with a link to a payment gateway.
You will receive a booking email that will confirm your appointment details. Please check that the details are correct. If you see an error, please contact our client service number.
- Pay for your COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
Use the provided payment gateway link found in the confirmation booking email to pay for your COVID-19 PCR test. Upon successful transaction, you will receive two emails, an invoice with a proof of payment QR code and a TrustOne ID QR Code. This will also appear in your TrustOne app. If you do not pay for your COVID-19 PCR test, your result will not be sent to you.
- Arrive at your designated collection centre.
A staff member will scan your proof of payment QR code and your TrustOne ID QR Code. The staff member will then facilitate the COVID-19 test.
- Receive your results.
You’ll receive an SMS of your results when they are ready. The SMS result is not sufficient for boarding a plane. It will be available within the TrustOne app under My Test Results and we will also send you the test results via email as a PDF attachment. You can use these to board your plane.
We are an IATA Travel Pass Compatible Lab
New South Wales
Safework Laboratories Sydney Lab
Ground Fl 4-10 Bridge Street
Pymble, NSW 2073
Phone:1300 905 180
Have your results within 24/48 hours
Advantages of COVID-19 testing with Safework Laboratories include:
- A wide range of collection centres to accommodate travel testing nationwide
- Results available within 24-48 hours of testing
- Real-time notification of available results
- A secured portal to access a digital and printable PCR test travel certificate (for travel requirements)
- 24/7 customer service
The Testing Process
Speed, accuracy and safety are essential. So we focus our PCR testing process on all three. SW Labs’ new COVID-19 testing facilities and services employers are available throughout the country.
The Gold Standard of Testing
The industry considers PCR the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 infection. The laboratory test detects RNA, which contains the genetic information of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If a donor’s swab sample shows evidence of virus RNA, it means they are actively infected.
Unlike rapid antibody tests, the PCR searches for the presence of Coronavirus RNA rather than evidence of the body’s immune response. RNA is a key component of a virus’s anatomy and is unique to that particular virus. Once infection occurs, the coronavirus’s signature RNA can be detected, even before antibodies or symptoms of the disease appear. In contrast, an antibody test cannot determine this until at least a week after infection.
By looking for coronavirus RNAs, doctors can tell early on whether or not a person has contracted COVID-19.
Accredited COVID-19 Screening to ISO 15189
When testing for highly infectious diseases like COVID-19, accuracy could very well be a matter of life and death. That’s why our coronavirus screening service follows strict guidelines set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).
Our processes are run according to ISO 15189 provisions and the CDNA National guidelines (Coronavirus disease 2019 – COVID-19; including both Section 7 and Appendix A: SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory testing). We also comply with National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) guidelines and employ clinical microbiologists who provide supervision for COVID testing.
Highly Efficient Collection and Testing
We understand how important it is to have safe and efficient COVID-19 testing. Our laboratories have full accreditation from NATA/RCPA (National Association of Testing Authorities and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia). Our staff are highly trained to safely collect and transport nasal swabs.
24/48 Hour Results
At SW Labs, we make sure that all of our test results come out as quickly as possible. We can have your PCR-based COVID-19 test results in as fast as 24/48 hours after we receive your specimen sample.
Safework Laboratories (SW Labs) is a national provider of health and safety products and services, including education, drug and alcohol and COVID-19 PCR testing for your workplace.
Our rapid response has included the establishment of accredited laboratories. It’s enabled us to assist our clients in meeting their COVID-19 risk management plan objectives.
SW Labs continues to innovate and provide scientific expertise in Rapid PCR testing, to ensure community safety. As a national organisation, we’re capable of performing thousands of tests daily. Our goal is to instil confidence in the delivery of accurate results, giving Australians the opportunity to travel again and get back to business.
Frequently asked questions
Is a Medicare rebate available for the COVID-19 travel tests?
There is no Medicare rebate available for the COVID-19 PCR test for international travel, as these tests are for asymptomatic patients only.
How many days in advance of my scheduled travel should my COVID-19 RT-PCR test to fly be performed?
It may vary from country to country. To find out how soon your COVID-19 PCR test should be scheduled before your trip, please check with the embassy of the country you are flying to. Or, check with your travel provider for these details.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to undergo a PCR test for travel?
No, a doctor’s referral isn’t required.
Do I need to refrain from eating or drinking particular food items or medicines before taking the PCR test?
No, you can eat or drink anything. It won’t affect the test.
What if I get a positive result?
Relevant State authority will be notified about any positive results. You will be contacted for further instruction.
What if I have an ‘indeterminate result’?
Your sample will be re-tested. If subsequent results are still indeterminate, we’ll contact you for another sample collection.
Don’t get caught up in the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Schedule your COVID-19 RT-PCR test with SafeWork Laboratories today!