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Keep up to date with Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) has ended. With case numbers low, it was safe to remove most COVID-19 rules.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by following the latest health advice and not sharing unreliable information.
Vaccination protects your child, your whānau and your community. If you are aged 50 or over, you can get a second booster now.
Testing for COVID-19 and isolating when you test positive are 2 important ways to help manage COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Information for air and sea travellers about entering and leaving New Zealand.
When you should get a test, what you need to do, and how to report your RAT results. Tests detect all COVID-19 variants.
You can get free rapid antigen tests (RATs) from a range of locations, including the usual collection sites, marae and some pharmacies.
Where to get a test
If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, get a test as soon as you start to feel unwell. Doing a test and reporting the result means you can get the help you need as early as possible.
Check the list of COVID-19 symptoms
If you live with a person who has COVID-19 or have spent at least 8 hours with them in the same home, you are a Household Contact. We recommend you do a RAT each day for 5 days.
Advice for Household Contacts
Two types of COVID-19 tests are available to the general public in New Zealand.
A health professional can advise you on the right test to take in your situation.
COVID-19 test results and their accuracy | Ministry of Health (external link)
You are allowed to leave your home to get a COVID-19 test while you are self-isolating.
You can order rapid antigen tests (RATs) for yourself or on behalf of someone else. You will need access to a mobile phone to confirm your order.
You will get an order number. You can then pick up your RATs from a collection site, or have someone collect the tests for you.
Healthpoint lists testing centres by area. You can also search for a location near you on a map.
Find a COVID-19 testing centre | Healthpoint (external link)
Your doctor may offer COVID-19 tests. Call them to find out and follow their advice.
There are different brands of rapid antigen tests (RATs). While the instructions are similar for each, make sure to check the instructions in your kit.
How to use a RAT
Whether positive or negative, you should report the results of your RAT. Reporting the result means you can get the help you need as early as possible.
How to report your RAT result
After your test, you must self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
You will get your results in a text message from 2328. It will take 2 to 5 days.
If you test positive, the text message will provide information about self-isolation, support options and a 6-digit access code for the online contact tracing form.
If you have COVID-19
15 November 2022
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