If you are a Household Contact of someone with COVID-19
If you are a Household Contact of someone who has COVID-19, we recommend you do a RAT each day for 5 days.
You are a Household Contact if:
you normally live in a house or flat on a permanent or part-time basis, for example, shared custody, with a person who has tested positive, and
you spent at least 1 night or day (more than 8 hours) in that residence while the person was infectious.
You are also a Household Contact if you do not normally share a residence with the person who has COVID-19, but spent a night together in the same room.
For people travelling or holidaying around New Zealand, Household Contacts include people who share non-communal holiday accommodation such as a hotel room, tent, campervan, or temporary holiday home such as a bach or AirBNB.
Types of tests
Two types of COVID-19 tests are available to the general public in New Zealand.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs): RATs are the main testing method for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are Household Contacts. Results take up to 20 minutes. RATs detect all COVID-19 variants.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests: PCRs are used in some situations. Results take 2 to 5 days. PCR tests detect all COVID-19 variants.
A health professional can advise you on the right test to take in your situation.