You will be asked to self-isolate at home if:

  • you have travelled overseas recently
  • been in contact with someone who has recently travelled
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19.

You should minimise contact with others in your household while you wait for the test result. Others in your house only need to self-isolate while you wait for results if you are a close contact of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.

Read more about Self-isolation for close contacts and travellers on the Ministry of Health website here

Symptoms but no risk factors

If you have no risk factors for exposure to COVID-19, but have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you may still be tested for COVID-19 for surveillance purposes to help ensure that we do not have community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

In this situation, there is no need to self-isolate while awaiting test results, however, as you most likely have another illness, you should stay home while unwell, and follow the advice of your health practitioner on when you can return to work/school.

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