NEWSLETTER ISSUE - 3rd December 2020  



China has updated its requirement for COVID pre-departure travel testing.  From 10th December 2020 travellers to China must complete one COVID PCR test (swab) and one COVID IgM antibody test (blood) within two days of boarding their flight, providing negative results of both. 

From Monday 7th December, COVID IgM antibody test will be available from Wellington SCL for the purposes of pre-departure testing only for those travelling to China.  
Test and Payment Process
Travellers can contact their medical practice to arrange tor the Wellington SCL Travel Centre to arrange testing. 
  • Specimen sampling needs to occur within 2 days of boarding.
  • Clinical details: must include relevant details on the test request form such as "China Travel Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test".  This allows the laboratory to identify the purpose of testing.  
  • Referrers will be guided through the process when they select the COVID test in the laboratory e-order system.       
There are three options for testing :

Option 1
Patient to pay the medical centre directly for all associated costs of sample collection and analysis of all tests requested.  Wellington SCL will invoice medical centre for testing as per our invoicing process.    
  • Novel Coronavirus PCR: $138
  • COVID IgM antibody: $96.25
  • Wellington SCL bleed fee (COVID IgM testing only): $14
Note: All prices are GST inclusive

Option 2
Patient to pay the swab collection fee component to medical practice, then patient to deliver their swab and have their COVID IgM blood test collected at selected Wellington SCL Collection Centres (Lower Hutt, Porirua, Courtenay Place, Lincoln Road). Patient to pay entire lab testing fee (for both PCR and COVID IgM) $248.25 incl GST at a Wellington SCL collection centre. Patient will be required to provide their passport for identification purposes. 

Option 3
Patient may book pre-departure COVID testing directly with the Wellington SCL Travel Centre.

Laboratory Forms

If using eOrders, select “China Covid Travel PCR swab and IgM Serology" and select the funding category.

Manual/Hard Copy Request Forms:  Clinical details must be provided such as “China Pre-departure COVID-19 Test” and include the China travel departure date. Please state if the patient has already paid the medical centre for the lab test fee component, or not. 

Medical Practices Collecting PCR Swabs Only and sending patient to Wellington SCL for COVID IgM blood test: Please ensure the traveller brings the test request form if presenting to a Wellington SCL collection centre for their Covid IgM antibody sample collection.



We are pleased to advise that commencing next Monday, 7th December, Wellington SCL will launch its Travel Centre, offering pre-departure COVID-19 testing for travellers.  This Travel Centre sits alongside the existing model for travellers who currently visit their local medical practice and provides an additional option for travellers. 
Travellers need to book their appointment online before attending the Travel Centre. The Travel Centre will offer COVID-19 PCR testing as well as COVID serology IgG and IgM (for people travelling overseas).
Trained staff will perform the collection of the required samples at our Newtown Collection Centre, results will be available within 48 hours and will be reported back to the traveller directly via the email address provided.
Appointments will be available 6 days per week during the noted times below:
Monday to Friday: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 11:00am
For further information please visit:
The Travel Centre website or WSCL website – Pre-departure travel


Wellington SCL stores/consumables orders and laboratory request forms must now be emailed or orders placed online via our website.  As previously communicated we have decommissioned these fax lines. 

All orders need to be placed online via the website. Click here to view

Email addresses for request forms (for non e-order requests)
For referrers who currently fax patient request forms to the laboratory can you please scan and email them to the relevant email address below.


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