Pre-departure Testing

Rako Science offers COVID-19 (PCR) pre-departure saliva testing for travellers requiring formal documentation for their journey.

Here is what you need to know

The Rako test is

  • Painless, contactless, non-invasive and self administered.

  • Convenient – Collections can be undertaken at a range of  Auckland locations.

  • Accurate – the Rako test has been validated in New Zealand and is proven to be as accurate as nasal pharyngeal testing.

  • Trusted – your sample will be tested at the only laboratory in New Zealand that is accredited by IANZ to perform this surveillance test using saliva samples

  • Fast – results are available within 24 hours, and same day results can be arranged.


Rako PCR Saliva tests (including documentation) are $250.00 per person, including GST. If an expedited process is necessary, (where the test and results are both required on the same day), the cost is $350.00. Payment must be made before collection.


Families and groups travelling together may qualify for a discount.

When and where?

Rako Science offers Pre-departure testing for travellers departing from Auckland. The test needs to be taken close to when you will be travelling, so we will require full details of your travel arrangements in order to meet the requirements of your destination country.


You can check the requirements of the country you are travelling to by contacting their local High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in New Zealand.


Complete the contact form below and collection instructions including time and place will be emailed to you directly. Rako does not provide testing on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays. 

Sample requirements

In order to provide a good quality saliva sample, it helps to be well hydrated. We encourage you to drink plenty of water – but only up to 30 minutes before you provide your sample. You must refrain from drinking anything but water, eating, smoking, vaping and cleaning your teeth for at least 60 minutes before your sample is taken. 

This test is for asymptomatic people only. If you are unwell or have any reason to believe that you might have COVID-19, please contact your GP or call Healthline.


If negative, your COVID-19 PCR test result will be sent to you by SMS (test). Additionally, Rako will provide you with a written report for presentation to airline check-in and customs/Immigration on arrival at your destination.

If positive, you will be notified but you will not be able to travel.


Everything went smoothly, staff were a great help as well. Thanks again for facilitating this. 

—  Karl, Air New Zealand


Contact us about a test

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