The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. On this page, we have key information and links for where to go for COVID-19 advice.
All of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
At Alert Level 1, you need to wear face masks/coverings on public transport, keep track of where you've been and follow basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and maintaining physical distancing. Learn more about Alert Level 1.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test.
The Government is encouraging everyone to use the COVID Tracer app to help you keep track of where you've been. You can download it here. If you don't have a smartphone, you can use this booklet to keep track of your movements.
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and 14-day managed isolation or quarantine.
These requirements are all to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
See more COVID-19 outbreak topics or learn more about COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it.
Where to go for COVID-19 advice
The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. The NZ Government has created a Unite against COVID-19 website for all your COVID-19 questions, including those that are not health-related. They have translated resources available here. You can also follow Unite against COVID-19 on Facebook and get regular email updates by subscribing here.
Do I need to get tested (swabbed) for COVID-19?
If you're sick, get tested. If you are offered a test, please say yes.
Call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor, or visit a testing station to get a test if you:
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to common illnesses such as a cold or flu. You may have one or more of the following:
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
Some people have less typical symptoms such as only:
Need an interpreter or information in another language?
See also translations on the Unite against Covid site, and the Ministry of Health's easy to read resources translated by the Red Cross into other languages and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website for health-related information and advice on COVID-19 in more 45 languages. Find your language and click to see translated resources and/or helpful regional websites here.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
The Government has set up a number of community testing centres to provide safe places to get tested (swabbed) for COVID-19. Covid-19 tests are free. Read more about community testing centres. You can also contact your doctor as many also offer testing.
Resources for Māori
COVID-19 has the potential to have a serious impact on Māori, so Māori need access to tailored and relevant information, resources and practical guidance and advice on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Pasifika communities
Prepare Pacific is a website that has been set up to help get information out to Pasifika communities to help in the battle against Coronavirus.
Learn more about COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it.
Unite against COVID-19 NZ Government, 2020
Covid-19 Education Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Ministry of Health, NZ
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak World Health Organization
Easy to read information about COVID-19 Ministry of Health, NZ
Translated information about COVID-19 NZ Government, 2020