Keep track of where you’ve been

Fast and effective contact tracing helps us to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app

If the virus reappears in the community, keeping track of where you've been will help our health services to quickly trace close contacts and break the chain of transmission.

If you use NZ COVID Tracer, it’s a lot easier for health officials to let you know about any risk of exposure.

Download on the Apple Store (external link) Get on Google Play (external link)

How contact tracing helps

To stop any future spread of COVID-19, we need to trace the contacts of anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and break the chain of transmission. Recording people’s movements helps us to do this quickly and efficiently.

The faster we can trace contacts, the faster we can prevent another outbreak 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 (external link)

How to keep track of your movements

Use the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can, otherwise use whatever method works for you, like the NZ COVID Tracer booklet. Encourage your family, whānau and friends to do the same.

We recommend you keep track of the 3 Ws:

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

You can keep track of your movements by:

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

NZ COVID Tracer app

The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer. The app helps you to create a digital diary of where you have been.

You can:

  • scan the official QR codes at participating businesses
  • add manual entries for places you have been that do not have a QR code poster.

NZ COVID Tracer app (external link)

Get help with NZ COVID Tracer

If you have questions or feedback about the app or any problems using it:


Information about privacy and COVID-19 (external link)

NZ COVID Tracer booklet

You can use the NZ COVID Tracer booklet to keep track of where you've been if you do not use the NZ COVID Tracer app. If you use the booklet, we recommend you still sign contact tracing registers when you visit places like shops.

Download and print your booklets

Print whichever booklet you like most. You may need to adjust your printer settings to print as many of the blank pages as you want.

Print your booklets in other languages

The NZ COVID Tracer booklet is available in other languages. Find the language you want and look in the ‘Posters and resources’ section.

Get your NZ COVID Tracer booklet in another language 

Order the booklet

Each booklet has 30 pages, so will last someone around 1 month. If you're ordering multiple booklets, they come in a pack of 10. 

For yourself

Email us if you'd like a booklet and are unable to print your own.


For your organisation

If you’re an organisation with a wide reach to New Zealanders who may need this booklet, you can order copies to distribute to your communities. 


How to use the booklet

How to use the NZ COVID Tracer booklet: 

  • Keep your booklet with you so you can record your movements whenever you leave your house. The booklet can fit in your pocket, handbag or backpack.
  • Write in the booklet where you have been, what time you were there, how you got there and who you met there — if you met someone you know.
  • Use your booklet when you come into contact with other people, like in a shop, or when you cannot keep 2 metres away from others.

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