If you are travelling out of New Zealand, it is likely that you will need to provide your airline with a negative COVID swab within 72 hours of departure.
For those taking their own sample to Canterbury Health Laboratories 550 Hagley Ave:
$186 for International travel COVID swabs
For those using the courier service at Village Health:
$216 for International travel COVID swabs
The above prices are subject to change, depending on each countries requirements.
Please read through the following information:
Click here for the Ministry of Health's 'Advice for Travellers'.
Click here for information on New Zealand's current 'Quarantine Free' travel arrangements with certain countries.
Points to note:
- Each country will have different requirements as to the specific tests they require and when they require the negative result by. You can check the requirements of the country you are travelling to, by contacting their local High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in New Zealand.
- COVID swab processing times are solely dependant on the laboratories and not in any way to do with Village Health. Processing times can vary and are often dependant on demand. This can mean it can take 2-3 days for test results to be available. If your travel plans change to a later day than expected, a re-test and negative result may be required.
- If the test is positive, your GP team will talk with you about what happens next. You will not be able to travel.
- Entry requirements may differ between countries, but you will probably need a hard-copy of your negative COVID test result to present to check-in before boarding the plane. Your GP team will be able to give this to you. You will also probably need to show the result to Customs/Immigration on arrival at your destination.
Click here to book your COVID swab for travel