Keep track of where you've been

Fast and effective contact tracing is essential to stopping any further spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

How contact tracing helps

To stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to trace the contacts of anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19. Recording people’s movements helps us to do this quickly and efficiently.

The faster we can trace contacts, the faster we can prevent further spread of the disease.

How the Ministry of Health and district health boards trace people who have been in contact with a case of COVID-19

How to keep track of your movements

You can keep track of your movements by:

  • keeping a list in a safe place
  • keeping a diary
  • using an app to record your movement, or
  • taking time-stamped photos of where you have been.

Everyone should keep track of the 3 Ws:

  • Where you went.
  • When you went there.
  • Who you met.

You can use any way that suits you and helps you to provide information about your whereabouts if a contact tracer needs to contact you. Encourage your family, whānau and friends to do the same.

Businesses and venues will have their own requirements for collecting information to help with contact tracing. Make sure you follow their processes when visiting different premises.

Tracing apps

There are many different apps you can use to record your movement.

The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer. This app works by scanning a QR code on a poster at participating businesses. The app then keeps track of where you have scanned so that you know where you have been.

How to download the NZ COVID Tracer app (external link)

Get help with NZ COVID Tracer

If you have questions about the app or any problems using it, call the Ministry of Health on 0800 800 606 or email


Information about privacy and COVID-19 (external link)

Contact tracing for businesses and services

Businesses operating at Alert Level 2 must record details of people’s movement on their premises.

How to collect information for contact tracing

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