Pre-departure COVID-19 Swab Test

Thomson Medical has been accredited to offer the Pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test with effect from 17 November 2020, for those who have been pre-approved by a Singapore Government Agency to travel overseas.

From 1 December 2020, individuals who require pre-departure testing for their travels will no longer need to seek prior approval from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

To learn about the travel arrangements and pre-departure requirements of destination countries, please visit


Testing Window

You should book an appointment in line with the testing window of your destination country. This should be at least 48 or 72 hours prior to your flight, depending on requirements set out by your destination country.

The clinic may reject your request for the pre-departure swab test if we have assessed to be unable to meet your timeline.

Booking an Appointment

To book an appointment for your pre-departure swab test, please call 6350 8812 or email

Please ensure you have the following information ready prior to booking an appointment:

  • Approval letter to take the pre-departure swab test
  • Identity card and valid Passport
  • Flight details and itinerary
  • Email address
  • Contact Number

You will be required to provide a softcopy of these information via email, prior to your appointment date.

Kindly adhere to the appointment time set by the clinic and the clinic will not be held liable for any issues arising from traveller(s) missing their allocated appointment time.

The pre-departure swab test is a self-paid test and does not qualify for government subsidies.

Pre-Departure Swab Clinics

The pre-departure swab test is available at the following locations:

AddressOpening HoursFees (before GST)
Thomson 24-Hour Family ClinicThomson Medical Centre, Level 1
339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677

T: 6350 8812

24 hours$187

$90 (for serology test)

Thomson GP ClinicBlk 2 Balestier Hill Shopping Centre #01-671
2 Balestier Road, Singapore 320002

T: 6933 8377

Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 5pm
Sat: 8.30am – 1pm
Closed on Sun and Public Holidays.
By appointment only.

$90 (for serology test)

Day of Appointment

Please bring the following documents on the day of your appointment:

  • Approval letter to take the pre-departure swab test
  • Identity card and passport
  • Softcopy booking reference showing your departure flight timing (if applicable)

The pre-departure swab test will take approximately 15 minutes. You are advised to reduce contact with other individuals and hence your risk of contracting COVID-19, before the swab test results are out.

Your swab test results will be emailed to you within 48 hours. You are advised to print hardcopies of your results and bring it with you overseas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I go for the Pre-departure swab test without an appointment?

You are advised to call the clinic and book an appointment before making your way down. In the event we have assessed to be unable to meet your timeline, the clinic may reject your request for the pre-departure swab test.

  • Can I get a hardcopy of my Pre-departure swab test results?

Yes, you may request a hardcopy of your swab test results from the clinic at no additional charge.

  • If my flight timing has changed, can I still come for my appointment?

Yes, you may still come for your appointment as set up by the clinic. Please bring along your updated flight details / itinerary on the day of your appointment.

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