Where Can You Get a Covid-19 PCR Test Done for Travel Purposes?

Prior to making your travel arrangements and undergoing a Covid-19 Test, it is advisable to check with your national governing bodies and airlines what current regulations apply.

Airline and Country Travel Restrictions and Requirements Information.

A number of airlines and countries require travellers to provide proof that you have recently tested negative for COVID-19 before you will be allowed to enter that country.

  • Airline – before undergoing a PCR Test, please check the following with your airline of choice:
    • which laboratories are on the airline’s accredited Service Provider List?
    • what, if any, travel restrictions are in place?
    • flight schedules, visa, health, and safety requirements.
  • IATA
    • provides a COVID-19 Travel Regulations Country Map.
  • South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases
    • provides local South African regulations.

Where Can I Get My Covid-19 PCR Test done?

Below is a list of accredited service providers that specialise in Covid-19 PCR Testing.

The Travel Doctor

Cost: R1,000 per test excl. VAT

Tel: 0860 666 553

Email: info@traveldoctor.co.za 

Website: https://traveldoctor.co.za/home/corona-testing-for-travellers/


Cost: R850 per test excl. VAT

Tel: 011 358 0875

Email: callcentre@lancet.co.za

Website: http://www.lancet.co.za/corona-virus-info-hub/


Cost: R850 per test excl. VAT

Tel: 0860 666 553

Email: covid.bookings@pathcare.co.za

Website: https://www.pathcare.co.za/drs-portal/coronavirus/


Cost: R850 per test excl. VAT

Tel: 012 678 1001

Email: accounts@ampath.co.za

Website: https://www.ampath.co.za/covid-19-patients-resources

How much does the Covid-19 PCR Test Cost?

  • Public sector testing in South Africa is free of charge.
  • Private laboratories such as Lancet, Ampath, and Pathcare charge R850 per test, and The Travel Doctor charges slightly more at R1,000 per test.
  • Overseas Resorts and Hotels charge between USD150 – USD200 per person and your test results are delivered back to your hotel for your convenience.

How long does it take for my Test Results to come back?

  • The turnaround time for your test results is subject to each laboratory, hospital, or clinic’s processing times.
  • Processing times range from 8hours to 48hours.

What do I need to have my test done?

  • Service Fees are payable up front
  • Your ID and/or Passport
  • List of countries you plan to visit


So currently as it stands for South African travellers, you will need two Covid-19 tests if you plan to travel. One prior to leaving South Africa & one for to re-entering South Africa.

For budgeting purposes, it’s safe to work on approximately R4,000 for two tests per person over and above your travel package price.

For more information, please feel free to drop us a line and we will help you where we can. Email: sales@beachholidays.za.com

Here’s to safe and happy holidays!