Top Tips for Flying International from Melbourne Airport

International travel has recently resumed from Melbourne Airport and the rules are complex and constantly changing. Make sure you know exactly what the requirements are for your DESTINATION and your TRANSIT points.

I’ve just flown from Melbourne to Singapore. Up to date travel requirements can be found here: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview

Wherever you are going it is likely, for the foreseeable future, that you will need to have a negative PCR or RAT covid test at most 72 hours before your flight.

GET YOUR PCR AT THE AIRPORT. Melbourne company Histopath runs an excellent service for international travellers. Get tested at the International Terminal for guaranteed results within 2 hours and all the certification needed for your destination. The fee is $79 which is much cheaper than the $150 charged by most private testing laboratories.

We waited in line for about 30 minutes to get our test, and this could potentially blow out when flights increase.

Waiting in line for our pre-departure covid tests
Test complete

So my next tip is… consider staying at the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Hotel the night before your flight. A standard room will cost around $180.

We checked into the Parkroyal the afternoon before our flight, dropped our bags in our room, and strolled over to T2 to get our pre-booked, pre-paid PCR test. After the test we went back to the hotel to relax – while other travellers were loitering around the terminal with all of their luggage waiting for their results before they could check in.

We got our results in about 2 hours, had a good nights sleep, breakfast at the hotel and made our way to the check in (flight departing at 1305) with all our paperwork in order – NO STRESS.

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