Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Pre-flight COVID-19 Screening

Pre-flight COVID-19 Screening service with a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) available in Perth

As interstate and international travel resumes in Australia it may be necessary to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result to your airline or at the point of entry at your destination. In most cases this can be either the test result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR, or RT-PCR) or a rapid antigen self-test (RAT). Unlike PCR tests, a rapid antigen test does not require a laboratory to process your sample and therefore can give you faster results at only a fraction of the cost.

Busy Bee Pharmacy in Perth/WA offers supervised rapid antigen testing which can give you certified results within only 15-20 minutes. After you perform a RAT under supervision of one of your trained pharmacists, we will record the test result and issue a certificate along with a photograph of the test. A copy of the certificate will automatically be emailed to you and can be printed in store upon request.

Please read below information before coming into the pharmacy so you know what to expect and to make sure your wait time is minimal.

1. Which rapid antigen test will I need to do?

For your convenience we have two types of rapid antigen tests available, which means you can choose to perform the test with either a nasal swap or a saliva sample. Unfortunately, we can not supervise tests that weren’t supplied by us as we cannot guarantee the correct storage conditions have been maintained. But don’t worry, we’ve got several types and brands of tests to chose from and to keep it simple we have included the test in the price.
Please note that for saliva tests it is advised to not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or brush your teeth for around 20-30 minutes prior to taking the test.

2. Who can come to do the supervised RAT?

Anyone can come to do a supervised rapid antigen test, unless
- you are feeling unwell or show symptoms like fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat
- you are in isolation or quarantine
- you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have recently tested positive for COVID-19
Please note, a parent or guardian will be required to perform the supervised test for children under 11 years of age.

3. What do I need to bring?

Bring the same ID that you will use for your travel (passport or other photo ID) as we will record your ID number on the test result.

4. Do I need to book?

Bookings are generally not required, however we do recommend to call ahead so we can schedule a time that minimises your wait.

5. How much does it cost?

The cost of the supervised test is $40, which includes the RAT.
Beware: Many other places will try to charge you a service fee in addition to the price for the RAT. We at Busy Bee Pharmacy want to stay transparent with our pricing and have included the rapid antigen test and issuing the certificate in the total price.

6. What if I test positive?

If you test positive you must stay at home and follow your state’s guidelines and recommendations. You will still need to register your positive test result with your local health department as Busy Bee Pharmacy will not report any positive tests for you. The result of your supervised rapid antigen test along with your data is confidential and will not be shared with any other parties.

7. What if the test results are inconclusive?

It may happen from time to time that a test gives inconclusive results or simply does not work. If this is the case, even after you have done all test steps correctly, we will supervise another RAT free of charge.

8. How soon before my travels can I take the test?

Always check the time frame and type of test that is required by your airline or at your destination. It will be up to you as the traveler to ensure you are up to date with the most recent requirements for travel.

9. Where can I do the test?