Enhanced testing in parts of Canterbury

Some cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 (formerly known as the Indian variant) have been identified in parts of Canterbury, so enhanced testing is taking place to avoid the variant spreading.

Between 1 and 15 June, everyone over 12 years of age, who lives or works in CT1 or CT2 7 needs to get a free PCR test at one of our 5 mobile testing units in the area.

You need to get tested even if you have been:

  • having regular tests at work or school
  • using self-test kits regularly
  • vaccinated (with either one or both vaccines).

If you've had a positive PCR test within 90 days, you don't need to get tested.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and get a PCR test.

Mobile testing units

The mobile test units will be open from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Sunday and are in the following locations:

You don't need to book an appointment, just visit one of the mobile testing units at a time that suits you.

You do not need to self-isolate unless you get a positive result. You can go about your day as normal.

If you're unable to get to one of our mobile testing units, please order a PCR test online.

What to bring

You will need to bring a face covering to wear at the mobile testing unit.

If you have a smartphone, bring it with you so you can register at the test site when you arrive.

Results and next steps

You should get your test result within 24 hours but it can take up to 3 days. If you haven't received your test result after 3 days or if you need help registering your test, call 119. For all other enquiries call 0300 041 9994 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

If the result is positive, it doesn't mean you have the Indian variant. You and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your test. If you are told to self-isolate, you may be eligible for support from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme.

If the result is negative, you must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash your hands.

You will told if you have the Indian variant within 3 to 4 days as the enhanced sequencing takes a bit longer.

If you do have the Delta variant, the advice is the same, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your test.