Information for Auckland on getting tested for COVID-19:
Due to the increase in demand on testing centres in Auckland and to ensure the right people in our communities have access to testing, the only people in Auckland who need to get tested are those who:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. a fever, new or worsening cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and running nose)
- Have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19
- Have been told to get a test by a Health Official
- Had a positive rapid antigen test
- Are required to have a test under a mandatory testing order (e.g. a border or MIQ worker)
- Work directly with COVID-19 patients
- Are attending a procedure or appointment at a public hospital, and have been asked to get a test
Please call your family doctor to get a test first. Your next-best option is to visit either an urgent care clinic or a designated practice. The final option is to visit a community testing centre.
If you are unsure about whether you need a test, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP. Please be aware that COVID-19 testing is not available at our hospitals.
Click here for designated clinics, urgent care clinics and community testing centres.
What should I know before getting a test?
Please ensure you have a mask. Take your NHI number with you and a form of ID - this will speed-up your testing process.
Remember: be calm, be kind and be patient.