When you should get a test

You may need to get a test if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, if you live with a confirmed case, if you’re travelling, or if mandatory testing applies to your job. 

If you are unwell 

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms you should get a test. If you’re unsure, a health professional can let you know. 

If you don’t have symptoms, you should only get a test if you’re told to by a health official — for example, if you are a household contact of a confirmed case.  

To get a COVID-19 test, call: 

  • Your doctor or nurse 
  • Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 
  • your iwi health provider, or 
  • a community-based testing location. 

If you are a household contact of someone with COVID-19 

If you live with a person who has COVID-19, you need to get a test.  

Close contacts do not need to get a test unless they develop symptoms. 

If you’re travelling 

You are no longer required to get a pre-departure test when travelling to New Zealand 

If you are travelling from New Zealand to another country  

If you’re travelling from New Zealand to another country, check the requirements of the country you are travelling to by contacting their local high commission, embassy or consulate in New Zealand. 

If you need to attend a court 

If you are attending a Court hearing longer than 1 day, you may be asked to take a rapid antigen test (RAT), or confirm that you have taken a RAT on each morning before the Court hearing begins. 

You may also be asked to do this if the hearing is half a day or longer. The judge will decide. 

If the hearing is longer than 1 week, from the second week you may have to do a RAT on Monday and then on every second sitting day. The judge will decide. 

If you work in certain professions

Some people are required to undergo regular testing due to the risk associated with their work. This includes the risk of getting COVID-19 as well as potentially spreading it to others. 

  • Testing for critical workers 


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