To access COVID-19 testing, call 0800 VIRUS 19. For up-to-date information on COVID-19: Click Here


How to access COVID-19 testing in Southern 

Residents and visitors to Southern can access COVID-19 testing by calling  0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719).

You can also contact your own family doctor for advice and testing.

Testing is FREE. 


0800 VIRUS 19 Call Centre Hours of Operation

8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 4pm, Weekends and Holidays


Pre-departure COVID-19 tests

Some countries require you to have a negative COVID-19 test before travel. You will need to pay for a test if it is for the purpose of entering another country. More information see  Pre-departure COVID-19 Tests 


Where to get tested for COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is done by general  practices and designated general practices in Southern.

Dunedin and South Otago -

Queenstown Lakes district -

Invercargill, Gore &Southland -

Oamaru/Waitaki -

There are not currently any pop up testing or community based testing centres in the Southern region.

When to get tested

If you have cold symptoms, you should be tested for COVID. It is FREE.

You should stay home (or at your accommodation) until a negative result is returned and you are symptom free. 

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

Notification to Public Health of High Incidence of Suspicion (HIS) of COVID-19

A reminder that any patients referred with a high incidence of suspicion of COVID-19 must be notified to the Medical Officer of Health on call via the Dunedin Hospital switchboard on 03 474 0999.





Ministry of Health NZ

Health Navigator


Patients First

COVID-19 Government Website