COVID 19 Information
WE CANNOT ADVISE ON TEST DATES OR ACCEPT BOOKINGS IF YOU TELEPHONE (follow the booking process).
We are not a GP or urgent care clinic community covid test centre i.e., we do not offer testing for unwell people. We have not attended to any covid positive cases since the start of the pandemic (ie not a centre of location).
Auckland’s premier pre-flight PCR covid testing centre in a safe and relaxed environment. We are the only centre in Auckland that reviews your itinerary & covid vaccination status before you book with us, to ensure that you comply with all transit stops and entry to your destination. To board the flight, you must meet the requirements for every country you will travel to and transit through. This includes your departure country, your transit country, and your final destination.
We are the only clinic that supports you all the way until you safely check in at Auckland airport and your final transit check in e.g. Los Angeles to Canada or Dubai to Europe. Our travel doctor has been helping travellers for well over 30 years. International borders reopened in September 2020, we have since assisted with over ten thousand tests to help travellers get on a plane, through transits and customs to their final destination. Don’t forget your transit visas for Australia/Doha and Fiji/USA.
In the past 16 months only one traveller did not receive their PCR report before check in (this past June long weekend holiday); two travellers failed to check- in to Germany via Doha due to PCR report times a few hours outside newly introduced stringent requirements from March to May (48 hours before arrival); one traveller could not check-in to Doha as the report was only 30 minutes outside the new requirement of 72 hours before arrival (early August) and a traveller to Serbia (unvaccinated) was denied check in as the airline wanted a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival (Nov 2021). Two travellers to Raro needed to fly within 24 hours on the day of red alert change (23 Jan 2022), results came in 28 hours.
We offer no guarantees, however we have an excellent track record with a 99.9% success rate.
The RAT / ART (lateral flow test) is a simple nose swab test (both nostrils) taken by our travel doctor. Our travel doctor decides when you request a booking if this test is appropriate for your itinerary (depends on airlines, flight times, transit stops and destination). It detects specific proteins (antigens) on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. The test takes 15 minutes to complete. While awaiting completion of your test a clinical assessment & brief examination is done. We notify you of your results & confirm them with a fit to fly certificate (one original+2 photocopies in plastic sleeve) which we hand to you within ~ 30 minutes. Please double check the details on your fit to fly certificate before you leave the clinic. Show the plastic sleeve to the check-in counter at Auckland airport. We follow up with a QR coded fit to fly certificate within several hours (latest 8pm) to the email address you provided (check your junk/spam mail folders). You also have a email copy of our invoice to confirm you taking the test.
FIT TO FLY CERTIFICATE = RAT + clinical assessment + examination
No travellers with our ‘fit to fly’ certificates have had any issues getting on a plane in Auckland and entry to destination.
Use a reliable email to request your Covid-19 PCR pre departure test to [email protected] . Allow 1-2 business days for our doctor to reply. We are doing our best to assist you, be patient & rude behaviour will not be tolerated (our doctor will not attend to you). WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC and helping dozens of travellers daily.
You need to include the following details: In the subject heading insert ONLY your final destination & date of departure eg PCR or RAT test USA 25 Jan.
1/ full passport names separated clearly ( *Last/FAMILY name in CAPITAL LETTERS *)
2/ date of birth
3/ contact phone number
4/ PDF of flights or proper/official flight itinerary (not written in the email)
5/ passport nationality
6/ passport number (only if requesting a Rapid Antigen Test)
7/ and if fully covid vaccinated (minimum 2 doses with #2 > 14 days before departure)
Our travel doctor selects the appropriate appointment time & date, so you get your correct results on time. Check your ‘JUNK MAIL/Other folders’ for your appointment details.
Please double check if the appointment date, time, test (PCR or RAT) we offer you is within the requirements for your trip.
We only accept booking requests for flights departing within 2 weeks. Avoid booking flights over long weekend public holidays eg Auckland Anniversary weekend, Waitangi Day & Easter weekends; Sunday testing & flights via Australia.
Bring in a passport and all covid vaccine records (if you want to discuss vaccine passport).
Our doctor does the nasal brush (naso-pharyngeal) as gently as possible with you in a relaxed position & in a safe environment (unlike MIQ or community testing). It is a painless test with our doctors expertise. Your sample is delivered by us to couriers who drop the specimens at the lab.
At the laboratory technologists extract your genetic material, run it dozens of times in a PCR thermal cycler with chemicals to amplify your genetic material. Finally the results are validated and signed off by scientists.
- PCR standard fee is $295 (this cost includes viewing your itinerary, setting up the optimal appointment, casual traveller registration, PCR collection by our doctor, processing the specimen request, tracking delivery to drop off point, laboratory fees, monitoring & communicating with lab for release of results, preparing & delivering results to you in a timely manner and supporting you at the airport check in, transits & to your destination).
- RAT (rapid antigen fee + fit to fly certificate QR coded) fee is $225 (1 Feb).
Late booking fee of $50 applies for appointments confirmed the same or next business day (Mon-Fri). Friday, Saturday $25 surcharge (Sunday $50, $100 if long weekend holiday) for tests & results.
There is no extra charges if you request printed copies. Some countries require a doctor certified hardcopy; please request if needed ($25). The certified copy helps to support the validity of your test report.
Some countries e.g. Egypt, Israel & Vietnam require a passport photo certified copy ($55) or QR code PCR report ($75) or a country specific form e.g. Japan ($55, includes doctor certification).
There are options to ‘fast track’ most processes listed in the standard fee eg. for flights departing the next day ($75 fee applies).
All charges are to be paid at reception before your testing. We do not accept pre-payments as flights get cancelled and travellers change plans at short notice. Invoices will be emailed to you after the test. We reserve the right to request a deposit of $50 at time of booking request (non- refundable if you cancel or no show). All Sunday bookings require a deposit. All prices subject to change.
Finally: if you cannot locate the PDF reports (PCR, RAT, antibody) we have sent you in your spam/junk mail folders and request us to resend: the cost is $25 !
We know how important it is for you to receive your results timeously. You will receive the results well before check-in to allow time for you to upload to country app & print.
Our travel doctor has the expertise to advise what is best to get you checked in on your airline & to your destination (including transit stops); he suggests the best timing for your appointment based on your itinerary.
NO NEED TO CALL or EMAIL US BEFORE or AFTER WE BOOK YOU IN TO ASK IF YOU WILL GET YOUR RESULTS ON TIME. All testing is at your risk as the labs are now in a covid variant surge.
At the time of your test, our doctor will advise you in writing when to expect your results. The PCR report in PDF format will be emailed by our doctor to the email you provided us at the time of booking. We cannot change this email when you come in for your appointment. We email your results after hours until 10 pm including weekends/public holidays (even if the clinic is closed). Please monitor your junk folders as PDF attachments end up in spam (and know how to locate this folder on your mobile phone !). Carry printed copies for check in, transit and destination countries.
Country entry & airline requirements are increasingly becoming more complex and continually change. Airlines also have different check in covid test timing requirements for the same destination (we prepare your PCR reports accordingly as per your carrier & destination customs). For European countries with stringent requirements, Singapore & Dubai transits are better choices as regards covid testing.
*It is your responsibility to check your pre-departure country registration; we advise you do a final check 3 days before your flight*
The single page PDF report (sample report below) includes:
- Your name
- Date of birth
- Our doctors name
- Labtests logo
- Date & time of test
- Type of test and the result
Virus “NOT detected” means negative to covid-19 on the day of your test. This standard format text PCR report meets the requirements of all countries.
We only include one first name and one family name i.e. the first of each name on your lab report (the rest of your passport names are initialised and this is acceptable for airline check in and customs). The lab report includes all details required by most countries for entry.
Please ensure that the date and collection time on your report meets the requirements for the airlines and your transits & final destination. No passport numbers are included in the report by Labtests; NHI numbers & addresses may or may not be included (it’s irrelevant for international travel). The date you get tested by the lab is the date on your laboratory report (this cannot be changed).
Please note: if you contact us to inform us that you made a mistake or wish to amend your name spelling or date of birth ; a fee of $100 is chargeable to rectify the error. You can be denied check in if you do not hand in printed copies of your PCR report.
Covid-19 vaccine certification or international vaccine passport WHO (NZ Ministry of Health)
You can be denied check in at Auckland airport if you do not have the proper covid vaccine records (even if you PCR test meets requirements).
We can assist you to certify your Pfizer covid vaccinations for travel to minimise the quarantine process and crossing international borders. Please request this when you make a booking for your covid pre-departure PCR test. We can either certify your little ‘purple vax’ card on A5 ($25) or supply and/or include your covid vaccinations records in the WHO approved yellow vaccination passport ($55). This service is currently only available as an add-on to a PCR pre-departure test booking.
Regardless of any technology implemented in future eg digital pass, the COVID-19 vaccination status of international travellers should be recorded through the International Certificate for Vaccination and Prophylaxis (pic below). This little yellow booklet has been in circulation since the 1960’s and well recognised by all border officials.
As a backup to the WHO passport we can also provide you with the QR coded international travel certificate (no cost to you).
With the increase in ‘fake’ or edited PCR reports to meet airline & country requirements some travellers prefer to have their PCR report QR coded for ‘peace of mind’. It is also a mandatory requirement for some destination countries.
For a smoother check-in process eg Singapore airlines request a QR code PCR report.
The QR code when scanned links to the original pre-departure test PCR report. It’s a convenient tool for airport & customs officials to quickly scan to validate authenticity. This helps facilitate the travel process and increases the accessibility of medical documentation.
We email you the standard lab PCR pdf report first for you to check your personal details, you reply if OK. We then prepare your QR coded report and send to you before check-in.
Covid -19 Vaccine (Pfizer + Paediatric Pfizer only)
As of 5 Jan, booster doses will be available for all those who had their second dose more than 4 months ago. Children age 5-11yr first bookings on Monday 17 Jan
The vaccine is administered by our doctor in a safe and relaxed environment.
* Email: [email protected]
* Telephone 477 3747
If you choose to email or telephone, please let us know your:
1/ first, last name & date of birth
2/ date you wish to have the vaccine
We can assist you with your NZ domestic pass or international travel certificate (no cost to you).
Covid-19 Antibody Tests (for past infection)
A blood sample can be taken to check to see if there are specific antibodies to Covid-19 present. These are immunoglobulin proteins (not cells) and indicate if you have been previously infected with the virus. You will need to consult our doctor to discuss your concerns (consult/post-consult fee $85). Turn-around time for test result is 24-48 hours. Do check your junk mail for your results before you email the doctor. The laboratory fee for this non-funded test is ~ $110 (please settle the lab at the time of collection). The lab currently uses the Roche assay platform.
We have requested several thousand antibody tests since December 2020. All that had a past history of covid-19 infection (RT-PCR diagnosis) had reactive antibodies. Your antibody levels may fall off over time, but they are detected if you had a significant infection. If antibodies are ‘reactive’ then further testing is done for specific antibodies. If your results are ‘non reactive’ this means there are no detectable antibodies.
At this point in the pandemic there is no need to consider testing for helper T or B cells.
To book: please send your full names & date of birth to [email protected] with ‘covid antibody request’ in the subject heading.