Keep track of where you have been

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

How contact tracing helps

To stop any future spread of COVID-19, we need to trace the contacts of anyone who has had exposure 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 virus.

How contact tracing works

How contact tracing keeps us safe — cartoon [PDF, 2.1 MB]

How to keep track of where you have been

Use the NZ COVID Tracer app

You can find QR code posters at many locations you visit. Scan these using the NZ COVID Tracer app to create a private digital diary of the places you visit. The app keeps us one step ahead of the virus — the more we scan the safer we will be.

You can also turn on Bluetooth tracing in your app. Bluetooth tracing keeps track of who you have been near, while maintaining everyone’s privacy. Think of it like your phone is giving a digital high-five to other people's phones. Remember to keep scanning QR codes — both are important for contact tracing.

Learn more about the NZ COVID Tracer app and Bluetooth tracing

Use the NZ COVID Tracer booklet

If you cannot or do not use the app, 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:

  • where you went
  • when you went there
  • who you met.

Download or order the NZ COVID Tracer booklet

Mandatory record keeping for businesses and services

Certain businesses and event organisers legally must have a way for you to record that you have entered their premises or attended a gathering or event.

Locations legally must have more than one way for you to record your visit, especially if you are not able to scan QR codes.

Ways you will be able to record your visit include: 

  • scanning in using the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • providing your details to the location
  • filling in your details on a slip of paper to put in a collection box 
  • using a location's existing record-keeping systems, such as swipe-card access or appointment bookings.

Businesses still need to continue displaying a QR code poster even if it is not required to collect customer records.

Record keeping and contact tracing for businesses

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