Commercial Services

Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing

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 who require testing for this purpose.

Read information about the testing process below:

Test Process

Travellers will contact their medical practice to arrange testing. Payment must 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.

Turnaround time for results can be improved if samples are sent directly to the laboratory (e.g. delivered by taxi or the passenger themselves) to Labtests, Specimen Services, 37-41 Carbine Rd, Mt Wellington. This option is available Monday to Saturday fromĀ 9.30am to 2.00pm and Sunday: 9.30 am to 12.00pm.


Travellers must pay for their own tests, the cost of the laboratory analysis is $141.00 inc. GST, this must be paid to the medical practice directly.

Sample Report

Labtests would report results through HL7 messaging to the referrer, however we can also provide the following formats (fax, email, mail).


Our laboratory is an Accredited Medical Testing Laboratories (SARS-CoV-2). For more information visit the IANZ accreditation directory.

Further Information

For queries relating to the laboratory testing process please contact info.commercial@aphg.co.nz