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COVID-19 'Fit-To-Fly' testing

Information about 'Fit To Fly' testing at Riccarton Clinic for those travelling who need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of having had a COVID-19 vaccination. AFTER READING THE INFORMATION BELOW PLEASE RING 03 5951457 AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A TIME TO COME IN AND BOOK YOUR TRAVEL/SWAB APPOINTMENT. (We need you to read ALL of the information below before phoning to make a time to come into the Brake St surgery to book a ‘Fit to Fly’ testing appointment only, this is due to space being limited at this site due to social distancing).

Posted on 4 February 2021 |

Updated 23rd December 2021 

Due to social distancing space is limited at Brake Street. You will need to phone us to make a time to come into Brake Street to discuss and make an appointment  for your Fit to Fly testing/swabbing. Once you have made your appointment you will then return on that appointment day/time to have your test/swab.

We are currently offering ‘Fit to Fly’ COVID-19 testing at our 20 Brake Street Clinic from 9am - 5pm seven days per week. Map

To book a pre-flight swab and/or blood test, please call us on 03 5951457 between 9am - 4.30pm to arrange a time to come in and consult with our "Fit to Fly" booking specialists who will organise the optimal appointment time for this to be done. 

NB: We currently do not accept email bookings unless you are based outside of Christchurch. 

There are lots of variables as to the cost of testing - between $200.00 for a single swab and $310.00 for the swab and blood test as required by China.  If the tests are carried out on weekends or public holidays, then an additional $15.00 is required.

Full payment is due at the time of booking the appointment.

What you need to know:

  • The airline or embassy will advise you of when your test is required to be carried out.
  • You can only book your ‘Fit to Fly’ appointment once you have confirmed your booking and received this information.
  • We do not book appointments from emails. You will need to phone us on 03 5951457 to arrange a time to come into the Brake St clinic to book a ‘Fit to Fly’ testing appointment (Space is limited at this site due to social distancing).
  • An administrative fee of $20.00 per person is chargeable if you cancel your ‘Fit to Fly’ appointment at any time.
  • Test results take up to 48 hours to come back after the test has been done. 
  • The Fit to Fly certificate is then completed and will be available for you to collect or we can email.

What we require from you at the time of booking your appointment:

  • The appointment date you need to be tested, as provided by your airline or embassy.
  • A completed Fit To Fly Patient Information Sheet.
  • A copy of your passport, including your passport name and date of birth.
  • Payment

For more information about our testing process, see Fit to Fly - General and Fit to Fly - Travelling to China.

Evidence of Vaccination

The cost of a certificate is $75 within 48hrs, an urgent certificate is $90 or you can visit My Covid Record: Proof of Vaccination Status at no charge

Contact us:

For general ‘Fit to Fly’ enquiries, email us at info@riccartonclinic.co.nz. To book in for a ‘Fit to Fly’ test if you live out of Canterbury, please send the completed Fit To Fly Patient Information Sheet and copy of your passport to  info@riccartonclinic.co.nz . Our receptionist will contact you by phone for payment.