Close Contacts

Close Contacts may live or work with someone who has COVID-19. Find advice on what you and your household members need to do.

Who is a Close Contact

You are considered a Close Contact if you have had contact with a person with COVID-19 when they were infectious.

You may live, work or have been close to someone with COVID-19 at a location of interest at the same time (within 1.5m). For example, your household members, if you sit next to someone on a plane, if you stayed at someone's house, or if you sit next to someone at work who has COVID-19.

Close Contacts are at higher risk of getting COVID-19.

How you will be notified

If you have been identified as a Close Contact of someone with COVID-19, you can expect to be contacted by someone from the Ministry of Health’s National Investigation and Tracing Centre or a Public Health Unit.

You may receive an orange Bluetooth notification in the NZ COVID Tracer app. The notification will give you advice about what to do and it is important to follow these instructions.

You may also receive a yellow QR notification for a location of interest in the NZ COVID Tracer app. You should get tested immediately.

What you need to do

Whether you are vaccinated or not, you need to:

  • stay home and self-isolate from others for 10 days from your last contact with the case
  • get a test for COVID-19 straight away, on day 5, and on day 8 after your last contact with the case
  • get another test straight away if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Secondary contacts — if you live with a Close Contact

You are considered a secondary contact if a household member is a Close Contact and they have been asked to isolate.

If you are a secondary contact you should stay at home until the Close Contact returns a negative day 5 test result.

If the Close Contact develops symptoms after a day 5 negative test, secondary contacts should stay home again until a further negative test result is returned.

If one or more household members of the Close Contact develop symptoms they should:

  • get a test
  • stay home until they get a negative test result and
  • it has been 24 hours without symptoms.

Financial support

There’s financial support for people who need to stay at home due to COVID-19.

Find out what financial support is available

More information

You can find more information and advice on the Ministry of Health’s website.

Contact tracing for COVID-19 | health.govt.nz (external link)

If you test positive for COVID-19

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