If you are travelling out of New Zealand, you will need to provide your airline with a negative COVID 'PCR' swab or RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) within so many hours of departure.

This PCR swab is taken from the naso-pharyngeal cavity (up the nose).

The RAT is also taken from up the nose.

Some countries require an 'IgM' blood test as well.

**Please note weekend PCR swabs and RAT are available 10am - 2pm only.**

Fit 2 Fly COVID PCR swab only $190 Monday - Friday; $250 Saturday and Sunday

Fit 2 Fly COVID PCR swab and IgM blood test $257 Monday - Friday; Not available Saturday and Sunday at this stage

Fit 2 Fly RAT $50 Monday - Friday; $80 Saturday and Sunday; $100 on public holidays

Monday to Friday, you have the choice to take your swab to the Canterbury Health Laboratories yourself at 550 Hagley Avenue, or to use our routine courier service at no further cost.

On weekends, a courier is required to deliver the test/s to the lab, and therefore a $30 fee per PCR swab/family/group is applied. This is included in the price annotated above. The price above also includes a $30 weekend surcharge per PCR swab. When we talk to you we can help to determine the best option for you.

***The above prices are subject to change, depending on each countries requirements. Please take care to find out what your travel destinations require.

**** An administration fee of $25 per person is chargeable if you cancel your 'Fit to Fly' appointment at any time after your booking has been confirmed.

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 PCR swab processing times are solely dependent on the laboratories and not in any way to do with Village Health. Processing times can vary and are often dependent on demand. This can mean it can take 2-3 days for PCR 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.
  • COVID Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results will be available on the same day of the test.
  • If the test is positive, your GP team will talk with you about what happens next. You will not be able to travel.

Click here to book your COVID swab for travel