Testing for workers who cross Alert Level boundaries

From 11:59pm on 16 September all workers who need to cross Alert Level boundaries to work at a permitted business must get a COVID test, whether they have symptoms or not.

Workers who are permitted to cross an Alert Level 4 boundary will be required to show evidence that they have had a test in the previous seven days.

From 11.59pm on 9 September 2021, employers of essential workers who need to cross regional boundaries for work must have a process in place to enable these employees to be tested for COVID-19. This includes enabling their workers to undergo testing, medical examination or both during their working hours.

From 11.59pm on 16 September, Police will begin compliance checking and turning people around if they do not have evidence of a test.

Proof of test (you don’t have to wait for the test result, just provide evidence that you’ve had a test) will be in addition to permission to travel documentation (the Business Travel Document, work order or employer letter) that all workers must carry to travel in and out of Auckland.

There is no cost for essential workers to get a test for this purpose. Nasal swab testing is available at community testing sites around Auckland or at GP practices. Go to the Healthpoint website for testing locations in your area.

Essential workers getting these tests will not be required to stand down or stay at home while awaiting their result, as this additional testing is to provide assurance that travel in and out of boundaries is being done safely.

How to get tested

Go to a Community Testing Centre or book in with your GP

Permitted workers can get a test at a Community Testing Centre (CTC), which requires no appointment, or they can book in with their local GP. CTCs and GPs will take a nasopharyngeal swab (or oropharyngeal with bilateral anterior nares swab if indicated).

Most providers are able to issue confirmation texts directly to the worker – make sure you have provided a cellphone number, so you receive these messages.

Paper confirmation is also available if texting is not an option. Within the Auckland area, a medical certificate will be issued in these cases.

Talk to your employer – there may be testing on-site

Some employers may introduce employee testing on-site to make it as easy as possible for their workers. Employers can use any IANZ accredited supplier and must ensure their chosen provider can provide the worker with a proof of test.

Register for saliva testing and drop off samples  

Saliva testing is being introduced to give permitted workers different options to comply. It is self-administered and gives you flexibility on when you do your test. Workers can collect tubes beforehand and drop their sample at multiple collection points. Saliva testing is done as a series of 2 tests at least 2 days apart.

For those starting out with saliva testing, they need register with APHG and download and install the APHG saliva testing app. The app will record your tests and results and it can be used as evidence of testing when cross the Alert Level boundary.

More information about testing for workers who cross Alert Level boundaries

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