The Ministry of Health continues to hold the view that pre-departure testing is one element of a comprehensive strategy that includes measures such as quarantine on arrival.
As part of this strategy there is an understanding that there will be increasing requests for pre-departure COVID-19 testing. With this in mind we are sharing relevant information for individuals that require testing for this purpose.
Labtests perform COVID-19 PCR testing at their laboratory in Mount Wellington, Auckland. Please note that samples received at Northland Pathology are couriered to Auckland, often overnight, consequently we advise travellers to arrange for testing in Auckland.
Labtests endeavour to process samples for pre-departure testing (separate samples collected 48hours and then 24hours prior to departure) on the day they are received at their laboratory, however they cannot guarantee results will be available for request of green health QR code, or Health Declaration Form in time to allow passenger departure.
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Travellers will contact their medical practice to arrange testing. Payment will be made directly to the medical practice for all associated costs of testing, including the laboratory analysis.
Time-frame for Testing and Results
Pre-departure testing must be requested on or before 72 hours from when the result is required (not flight departure time). Testing must be requested with this advance notice to ensure that the sample can be tested and resulted ahead of flight departure.
Travellers must pay for their own tests, the cost of the laboratory analysis is $120+GST, this must be paid to the medical practice directly.
By requesting COVID-19 testing individuals are providing their consent for results to be sent through to the national result repository, this is a Ministry of Health requirement for all notifiable diseases.
Information for Travellers
People registering for repatriation flights will be made aware of requirements around pre-departure testing. Information is being provided to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) for Air New Zealand to pass on to travellers and the Ministry of Health will make information available on its website.
Individuals can also be directed to look at publicly available information on their destination country’s entry requirements or be referred to the relevant country’s foreign representative to New Zealand.
A list of foreign representatives can be found here.
For further queries regarding COVID-19 exit testing please contact the Ministry of Health COVID-19 hub at COVID-19Response@health.govt.nz, information can also be found on the Ministry of Health Covid-19 homepage.
Our laboratory is an Accredited Medical Testing Laboratories (SARS-CoV-2). For more information visit the IANZ accreditation directory.
For queries relating to the laboratory testing process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org