Other ways to get a COVID-19 test

If you are well, you can still take a rapid antigen test (RAT) to protect others.

Non-critical business, agencies, and organisations

Businesses can use testing as part of managing the health and safety of their workers in their response to COVID-19. These businesses, agencies or organisations will need to secure, use, and pay for their own supply of RATs.

Information on the processes to follow if an employee, customer, or visitor becomes a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case or an employee is identified as a household contact of a person with COVID-19.

International arrivals

After flying to New Zealand you are encouraged to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day 0/1 and day 5/6 after arriving, even if you have no COVID symptoms (children under 6 months old are not asked to test).

All positive RAT results should be reported.

  • If you have a National Health Index number, you can upload your positive RAT result on My Covid Record
  • if you don’t have a National Health Index number, please report your positive result by calling the COVID-19 Test Results Line (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) at:

You must self-isolate for 7 days after testing positive, or after you first noticed any COVID symptoms.  You are also encouraged to get a PCR test from a community testing centre or healthcare provider. PCR tests provide valuable information about potential new variants of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Please tell the person who does your test that you have recently been overseas. You can find out where to get a PCR test at www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19. You can leave self-isolation to get a PCR.

If you develop symptoms more than 7 days after arriving in New Zealand, please do another RAT. You are not asked to do another PCR test.

People arriving in New Zealand by ship are not asked to test, if they don’t have any COVID symptoms.

International departures

Pre-departure testing for international travel is not a part of the public health response to COVID-19. Departing travellers will need to apply to a commercial provider for any pre-departure testing required.

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