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Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Please view the Ministry of Health website for information on who should get assessed for a test and how testing works.

Rapid antigen testing (RATs) is now being used extensively as part of the COVID-19 Testing strategy. Please read the information in the Covid-19 Testing yellow box at the top of each service's page for instructions on how to access testing and for testing hours (they may differ to a service's standard hours, if they are a GP practice). 

RATs Community Collection Site (Pre-order required)

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) can be ordered and then collected by:

  • people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a household contact
  • critical workers who are household contacts
  • border workers who are required to be tested under the Required Testing Order.

Before going to a collection site, you must place an order via https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/ OR free call 0800222478

List of RATs Community Collection sites

RATs and PCR Testing sites:

The testing service will  determine which test (RAT or PCR) is best for you. Please read the information in the Covid-19 Testing yellow box at the top of each service's page for instructions on how to access testing and for testing hours (they may differ to a service's standard hours, if they are a GP practice). 

  1. Check if your GP practice is providing COVID-19 testing.
  2. Many GP practices are testing both enrolled and casual patients:
  3. You can visit a Community Testing Centre 

Full list of COVID-19 testing services that anyone can access (GP practices, Urgent Care clinics and Community Testing Centres ). 

Supervised RATs for priority populations

Priority populations are groups that have experienced adverse impacts or are considered at higher risk of the effects from COVID-19 outbreaks in New Zealand. They include Māori and Pacific communities and those living with disabilities.

See list of services: Supervised RATs for priority populations

Supervised RATs for NZ Travel and NZ Courts

Supervised rapid antigen testing (RATs) is for unvaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms, who require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result to travel within New Zealand, or for entry into a court of law.

  • For travel, the test must be done within the 72 hours prior to travel (preferably within 24 hours). See the Unite against COVID-19 website for more travel advice.
  • For court attendance, the test must be done within 24 hours.

See list of services: Supervised RATs providers for NZ Travel and NZ courts

For more information about rapid antigen testing, view the Ministry of Health website.

COVID-19 test for international travel

List of services providing COVID-19 testing for international travel. Check with the service as if it is a GP practice, it may only be offering this service to enrolled patients.