Already mentioned above but 4Cyte only accepts Mastercard/Visa online. They don't do the payment on the spot either, you must buy a voucher online before showing up but don't need to book in a specific time/location.Random question but do you happen to know if they accept American Express for payment? $120 is the cheapest I've heard of and the Valley might come very convenient for me on one of the next slightly longer trips...
Sounds like a proper lab though and not one of the typical free testing clinics where you just get the sms.I've done some more hunting and for me it sounds risky to go with a free travel test by SA Pathology because of this wording I found on the Air NZ website (YMMV, personally I'm not going to chance it):
- COVID-19 testing and result certificates for travel clearance are only accepted if provided by private pathology clinics.
- Free community testing clinics do not comply with New Zealand Government requirements.
That's changed recently. From Brisbane yesterday there were two flights to Auckland. The Qantas flight was checked by Qantas staff who were being very strict (100% checked) before you could even approach a check in desk. Air New Zealand didn't care or even ask at all (I just used a kiosk and didn't even speak to anyone). There was a NZ govt official in Brisbane (standing between the QF and NZ kiosks) who was able to provide advice if needed.Maybe it is, but there won't be a NZ govt official at checkin to say 'ok'.
No need to be rude about it. You didn't even provide a departure and arrival city, I was simply giving my experience from yesterday traveling BNE-AKL.Great. Because there was someone at BNE yesterday I'll assume there will also be someone at my completely different departure city on a completely different day. And that I'll get to have the argument after landing in NZ rather than at checkin. Big help. Thanks so much.
I can only agree- that was indeed quite a rude response if you ask me!No need to be rude about it. You didn't even provide a departure and arrival city, I was simply giving my experience from yesterday traveling BNE-AKL.
Based on my conversation with staff at Auckland airport it seems that they're going for 100% checks on arrival from Air New Zealand flights probably because the Air New Zealand staff haven't been checking.
As for the argument after landing you plan on having... I realise you're being sarcastic however there were a couple of people who were arguing about the validity of tests and even a few who didn't seem to have a test. Official NZ gov policy is that those who don't meet the testing requirements should return to Australia or go into MIQ however who knows if that's what's actually been happening.
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Out of interest did you have to show documentation (boarding pass/flight tickets etc) showing you'd been in Australia for less than 72 hours?We had been in Queensland for well under 72 hours and explained calmly and friendly that therefore we don't require a test.
We had show all of this to both the NZ official in Brisbane as well as to the immigration lady on arrival in Auckland- the e-gates were deactivated for all passengers. And the immigration lady herself also didn't know here own rules so she had to call a supervisor about the 72 hours- at least she was super friendly, unlike the Qantas dragon.Out of interest did you have to show documentation (boarding pass/flight tickets etc) showing you'd been in Australia for less than 72 hours?
Something that caught a lot of people out is that Smart Gate now asks an initial question like "have you come from Rarotonga or Australia (and met the NZ govt testing requirements)" with the answer being yes and then it asks about 5 questions like "do you have a fever" "cough" etc and the answer to them should be a no.
I guess the fact the first question needed a "yes" as the answer and then the following questions "no" fooled a lot of people as many were knocked back for manual processing due to incorrectly answering questions.
I'm off tomorrow. I'm happy to get stuck on either side of the Tasman but given past history, I think it's much more likely to be stuck in Australia rather than being stuck in NZ trying to get back to AU.
I got my test done at 4-Cyte which cost $120, in Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) they've got an office setup to deal with international travelers only, I was able to pay online and then walk in two afternoons ago with no wait time to get tested. The result was returned exactly 24 hours later.
Others I know got tested Sullivan Nicolaides at a cost of $145, they rocked up first thing in the morning, had to wait for about an hour but did get the results about 9 hours later.
I've been reading through the Qantas website (I'm going to LAX in late Dec) and it doesn't seem that they specifically require a PCR test to fly. All they require is for one to be fully vaccinated. Therefore, I'm assuming that given the US allows a rapid test, then it should be accepted, at least on QF flights. I would assume that US flagged airlines would be the same.Also, will airline accept a Rapid test?