NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

23 October 2020: Today we sent out a notification through NZ COVID Tracer as a friendly reminder – in case you missed it here is what it said: “The more we scan, the safer we’ll be. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, scan the QR codes wherever you go. If you’re feeling sick, please isolate, call Healthline and ask about getting a test.” If you did not get the notification, check you have enabled contact alerts in the app.

NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app that allows you to create a digital diary of places you visit by scanning the official QR codes. This gives contact tracers a headstart with identifying anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 so we can quickly break the chain of transmission.

You can download the app in the Apple App Store or from Google Play. 

Download on the Apple app store               Download on the Google play app store


NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

Using it is simple.

If you don't already have NZ COVID Tracer, download it now from the Google Play store or App Store.

Whenever you're out and about, look for the official NZ COVID Tracer poster.

Open NZ COVID Tracer and tap ‘Record a visit’.

Point your phone at the poster.

A green tick will appear, and your phone will vibrate.

Your visit has been recorded on your phone.

But, what if there's no poster at your hairdresser, the playground or your Nan’s?

Tap "Add manual entry".

Enter: Where you are or what you are doing, what date you arrived, what time you arrived and any other details you think might be relevant such as who you are with.

Tap "Add entry" to add it to your digital diary.

Your manual entry has been recorded!

Any entries older than 60 days will be automatically deleted from your phone next time you open the app.

If you have turned on notifications, we can send you a contact alert if you have been at the same location at around the same time as someone with COVID-19.

Remember to keep your contact details up to date so a contact tracer can contact you if they need to.

Under 'My profile' you can update your details and address.

If a contact tracer contacts you, tap 'Share my diary' from the 'My profile' screen.

The contact tracer will provide you with a code. Your diary can't be shared without it. 

Carry on the great work keeping your diary up to date!

Together, we can help protect our friends, whānau, community and ourselves.

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