COVID-19 testing

In this section

  • Rapid antigen tests (RATs) - where to get RATs for critical workers, non-critical businesses and the general public, how to use them and a list of approved RATs. Read more
  • There are two types of COVID-19 tests in New Zealand. A PCR, which identifies genetic material from the virus and a rapid antigen test (RAT) which detects protein from the virus. Read more
  • Information about how COVID-19 test results are reported, why they are sometimes uncertain, and what they can and cannot tell us. Read more
  • Specific groups are eligible for free COVID-19 testing under the public health response. Read more
  • Find out when you should get a test, where to get a test, and what happens next. Testing is free if you have been asked to get a test by a health official, have been identified as a household contact or have COVID-19 symptoms. Read more
  • If you don’t meet the criteria for free testing under the COVID-19 public health response, then you, or your employer, will need to pay for your own COVID-19 test. This could be with a private provider or using a rapid antigen test (RAT). Read more
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