Pre-departure COVID-19 Test

Pre-departure COVID-19 Test

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.

Test and Payment Process
Travellers will need to contact their medical practice to arrange testing. COVID swabbing will still take place at the medical practice. 

  • Please ensure testing occurs at least 3 days before departure
  • Clinical Details: must include relevant details on the test request form such as “Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test”, “Asymptomatic COVID test”, “Clearance”, etc.  This allows the laboratory to identify the purpose of testing.

There are two patient payment options for testing :

Travellers must pay for their own tests.

Option 1 : Patient to pay entire swabbing & testing fee to Medical Centre. Wellington SCL to invoice medical centre at end of the month to recover the lab testing fee ($120 excl GST, or $138 incl GST)

Option 2 : Patient to pay the swab collection fee component to medical practice, then patient to deliver their swab (with lab form) and pay testing fee at one of the selected WSCL Collection Centres (Lower Hutt, Courtenay Place, Porirua, Lincoln Road)

Referrers will be guided through the process when they select the COVID test in the laboratory e-order system.

For further information please contact info.commercial@healthscope.co.nz , or phone (04) 586 8571

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 to 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.

Further Information
For queries relating to the laboratory testing process please contact info.commercial@healthscope.co.nz or phone 04 5868 571