The Ministry Of Health would like to thank all those permitted workers who have undergone testing to comply with requirements for crossing Alert Level boundaries that came into effect on 11.59pm, 9th September. Testing is free for permitted workers who require a test to cross Alert Level boundaries.
From 11.59pm, 16th September, compliance checks by Police will be undertaken at the boundary and permitted workers must provide the following documents if stopped at an Alert Level boundary:
If stopped, permitted workers who don’t have the above documents will be turned around at the boundary.
Employers are reminded that they must have processes in place for compliance of their workforce to this testing requirement and they need to ensure all affected workers are aware they must be tested to cross the boundary and are provided with the opportunity, as far as is reasonably practicable, to get tested.
More details about testing requirements for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries can be found on the dedicated page for boundary surveillance testing on the Ministry of Health’s website. This page also includes supporting documents for employers and workers.
Registering for saliva testing
Saliva testing is available as a testing option through Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG). More information about saliva testing and permitted travel can be found on the Ministry of Health’s webpage, or you can go to https://covid19salivatesting.co.nz/ to sign up for saliva testing.
The APHG site contains useful information including a list of frequently asked questions relevant to both employers and permitted workers, a worker information pack and a link to their Saliva Testing App.
The Saliva Testing Information Sheet provides further details to support workers who wish to use this option. It includes information on how to sign up for saliva testing, downloading the Saliva Testing App, finding the nearest collection points and how to do a test. Also attached is a poster that you can put up in your workplace to promote awareness of saliva testing as an option to meet this testing requirement.
Permitted workers who wish to register for saliva testing will need to have their NHI number available. A quick way to find your NHI number is by looking at:
You can also call the Ministry of Health’s 0800 number to find our your NHI number – 0800 855 066.
Locations for pick-up and drop-off
for saliva testing
A list of existing locations where saliva testing kits can be collected and dropped off can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.
APHG also have a list of currently available public test kit pick-up and test drop-off locations here. This is updated regularly and is broken down by region.
New collection points near the border will also be added to this list as they become available. For large companies who wish to provide saliva testing onsite for their employees, APHG can work with you to meet your specific requirements.
Private provision of saliva testing onsite for employers who choose to engage and pay for that provision themselves is also available. The provider needs to be IANZ accredited and ideally linked to the national database for the processing and recording of test results.
To safeguard areas of New Zealand at lower Alert Levels and to ensure COVID-19 is contained - surveillance testing of permitted workers crossing the Alert Level boundary is going to be implemented immediately. The Ministry of Health Testing permitted workers crossing alert level boundaries – Employers flowchart can be found here.
The Ministry of Health has set up a Community Testing Centre (CTC) at the Gull station at Hampton Downs (south of Mercer), South Auckland to support demand for the testing of permitted worker crossing Alert Level boundaries. This site includes provision for saliva sample drop-off facilities.
Swab testing is also available as a testing option for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries. This is available at CTCs and at GP practices. For a list of testing locations go to the Healthpoint website.
He waka eke noa - we are all in this together
By undergoing this additional testing, and/or supporting your workers to do so, you are doing your part to keep COVID-19 out of our communities. Thank you for all that you continue to do to keep yourself, your colleagues and your whanau safe.
[Updated 21 Sept, 2021]