The COVID-19 Testing Plan for Aotearoa New Zealand

COVID-19 testing is a key tool to help New Zealand recover from and live with COVID-19 and continues to be an essential part of the overall COVID-19 response strategy.  

The COVID-19 Testing Plan is informed by COVID-19 Modelling Aotearoa, and what has happened overseas. It provides the framework to support decisions about when and who to test for COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The COVID-19 Testing Plan is structured in two parts:

  • Part One provides the overarching and strategic information in relation to testing;
  • Part Two provides an introduction to the operational testing guidance documents and a summary of important information in relation to settings and facilities.

The Testing Plan also includes twelve appendices; each one is a guidance document focused on a particular health care setting.

View the Testing Plan and associated guidance


To download any of these documents in both PDF and DOCX formats, visit this page: Testing Plan for COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Testing operational guidance for General Practice and Urgent Care is now embedded in the COVID-19 Primary care and other clinical based settings guidance.