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When do you need to get tested?

1. If you are unwell

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms - no matter how mild - you should organise to get tested.

Healthpoint has the most up-to-date information about testing options in Wellington City, Porirua, Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley.

The most common symptoms include:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • a fever
  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath.

If you are unsure, a health professional can let you know.


  • Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453
  • your doctor or nurse, or
  • your iwi health provider.

2. If you've been at a location of interest

Check the locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website and follow the instructions on what to do.

Locations of interest in New Zealand —

Find out more information about testing, including for travel and work, here 

What to do after you get tested

   Act as if you have COVID-19,even if you're fully vaccinated.


  Go straight home. Do not stop at supermarkets, dairies or anywhere else.


  Stay at home until you get your negative result.


  Do not share food or dishes with the rest of your family.

If you test positive


Even if you've had two doses of the vaccine, you and everyone you live with will need to stay at home and isolate for at least 10 complete days, probably longer.

A health or manaaki team will be in touch with you regularly to find out how you are feeling and what you need.

You will be tested at least twice during your isolation.

A health professional will decide when you and your bubble can leave your home again.

It is important to start planning with your whānau now. If someone in your household gets COVID-19, you will all need to isolate for at least 10 days. It may be much longer, especially if someone else catches the virus. Even once you have recovered, the rest of the household will still have to isolate for a further 10 days.

Stocking up on food, cleaning supplies and anything else you need, and knowing who to call for help will make isolating safer and less stressful.

Here are some tools to help you prepare.