NZ COVID Tracer QR codes

Displaying a QR code makes it easier for anyone visiting you to keep track of where they’ve been. Under all alert levels, businesses and services must display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters wherever customers or visitors enter the premises.

Last updated: 12 March 2021

We’ve made it easier to get a QR code poster for your home, event or vehicle. Just follow the steps in the updated section on Getting your official QR code posters below.

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Who needs a QR code poster?

Under all alert levels, all businesses and services, unless exempt, need to display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises.

You must create a separate poster for each of your premises or unique locations.

Public transport services and small passenger services such as taxis also need to display the QR codes in a prominent place on or inside any vehicle used for the service. However, QR codes are not required on aeroplanes or intercity buses. 

We also encourage individuals to create QR codes for private events and social gatherings. This isn't a legal requirement, but it makes it easy for all your visitors to keep track of where they’ve been, and speeds up contact tracing if someone in your group tests positive for COVID-19. You can get a QR code for your vehicle too.

Further information on contact tracing requirements for business (including QR code exemptions) is available from business.govt.nz.


Displaying your posters

If you operate a business with premises, you should print as many copies of your poster as needed to make sure there is a copy on display at each entrance. Feel free to print additional copies for other locations such as your cash register.

Print your posters in A4 and in colour (if possible). If you can, place a poster on the left-hand side of your front window or entrance, with the top approximately 130cm from the ground. The key thing is to make it easy for people to reach without creating an obstruction.

Try not to place your posters on sliding or revolving doors, in narrow or hard-to-see areas, in places with high glare, or in locations that are too high or hard to reach.

For buses, ferries and trains, display your QR code posters at each entrance and exit where anyone can reach them. You can also put extra copies inside the vehicle/vessel/carriage to make it easier for your passengers.

For taxis, shuttles and rideshares, place your QR code poster on a clipboard for people to scan, or affix the poster to the back of the front passenger seat.

If you're hosting an event, place the posters where people are most likely to see them on the way in.


Getting your official QR codes

You can get your official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters through the self-service webform. You'll need:

  • a valid New Zealand driver licence, if you are requesting it for a business, so we can verify your identity
  • the address details for each of your premises
  • your email address
  • an email address and contact phone number for each of your locations. Please provide a phone number (such as a mobile number) that will be answered after hours to ensure that contact tracers can quickly reach you and provide advice. This is important if they discover someone who tests positive for COVID-19 has visited your business, service or event.

Note: the self-service webform is unavailable on Saturdays between 6pm and midnight due to scheduled maintenance.

Please remember you must create a separate poster for each of your premises, vehicles or unique locations.

If you have a large number of locations or vehicles, or do not have a driver licence, you can instead get your QR codes by emailing a completed bulk-upload template to the Ministry of Health.

A video explaining the process for getting QR code posters is below.


Using the bulk-upload template

If you have a large number of locations or vehicles, or do not have a driver licence, you can get your official QR code posters by sending us a completed template (below). All you need is:

  • the name of your business/organisation and the NZBN (if any)
  • address/identifying information for each of your locations
  • an email address for each location or vehicle (ie, the person who will print the poster).

Once you’ve completed the template, send it by email to the team at [email protected].

Note: Clearly state in your email that you have the authority to request QR code posters on behalf of your business or organisation. For example: I, <your name here>, am authorised to request NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters on behalf of the organisation listed in the attached file.

Once we have received and reviewed your template, we will phone you as soon as we can to complete an identity check. This step can be completed more quickly if you have your driver licence handy, although we also have other verification options.

We will then generate your official QR code poster or posters and send them to the email addresses provided in the template as soon as possible.

Download the QR code template (xlsx, 26 KB) – updated 10 March 2021

Download the Transport Sector QR Code template (xlsx, 27 KB) – updated 10 March 2021


Getting a reprint or extra QR code poster

If you would like a re-print or extra QR Code poster, please email our friendly support team, [email protected].  If you have the email address that the poster was sent to, and/or the business/service name printed on the poster handy to tell us, that will help us find it for you.

Privacy information

The information you provide to the Ministry in order to generate your official QR code posters will be used only for purposes relating to contact tracing and the management of QR codes during the COVID-19 pandemic response. The information will not be shared with other government agencies except where the agency is directly involved in the COVID-19 public health response.

For further information on how your personal information is managed, please refer to the Privacy Statement.

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