There are community based assessment centres (CBACs) across the Wellington region where you can get assessed and tested for COVID-19. We're also testing people who visit their GP or hospital displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are offered a test for COVID-19, please take it. It will help us ensure we don’t have community transmission, and help keep your friends, family and whānau safe. You will be offered the test by your GP, Healthline or Regional Public Health.
Assessment and testing is free of charge. You may not need to be tested, but the assessment centre team can advise you on what to do next whether you are tested or not.
Our highest priority for testing is people displaying COVID-19 symptoms who:
- have travelled overseas
- have been in contact with people who have recently returned from overseas
- are close contacts of people working at the border or in managed isolation/quarantine facilities
This reflects the current testing strategy set by the Ministry of Heatlh.
Asymptomatic people requesting COVID-19 testing due to personal preference or at the request of employers unrelated to surveillance activities listed above will not be offered testing. Advice on the Ministry of Health website states: “If you don’t have symptoms, you should only get a test if directed to by a health official – for example, if you work at the border, ports or in a managed isolation or quarantine facility, or are a close contact of a confirmed case.”
While waiting for the results of your test, you'll be asked to self isolate.
View current testing numbers across our region.
If you are feeling unwell and think you may have COVID-19, please call Healthline 0800 358 5453 or your GP.
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CBAC locations and operating hours
Over the Christmas/New Year period there CBAC opening times and locations will be subject to change. Please check the links below for the most up-to date-information.
Call Healthline 0800 358 5453 or your GP for advice if you think you need to be tested. They will refer you to a booking centre to make an appointment.
Find testing locations in the Hutt Region.
Kāpiti, testing available through Team Medical.
Wellington, testing available through Taranaki Street Community Testing Centre.
Wairarapa DHB CBACs: For up-to-date details of CBACs in the Wairarapa see COVID-19 information their website .
I'm worried I might have COVID-19, should I visit a testing centre?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You can also visit your local testing centre as listed above. You can read advice on symptoms of COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health here.
How is testing done?
Testing or swabbing may be done in a dedicated testing space by staff or from inside your car.
When will my test results be available?
Test results are generally available within 48 hours. Regional Public Health will notify you if your test result is positive, and work with you to manage your health.
Do I have to pay for testing?
No, assessment and testing is free of charge.