If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while visiting New Zealand 

Find out what you need to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms while visiting New Zealand.  On arrival in New Zealand, we recommend you test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms. You must isolate for 7 days if you test positive. Welcome Packs containing rapid antigen test kits are available for … Read more

What happens if you test positive for COVID-19?

What to expect if you test positive for COVID-19. This includes getting your results, contact tracing, what you need to do, and support you will get.  Getting your results  Testing positive is nothing to be embarrassed about — it can happen to anyone. COVID-19 doesn’t care who it infects.   If … Read more

Wearing a face mask

Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of virus particles:  spread by someone with COVID-19  inhaled by people near them.   There are some places you may have to wear a face mask, like healthcare settings (GPs, hospitals, etc.). Make sure you stay up to date … Read more

Travelling to New Zealand  

New Zealand’s borders are open. Find out what you need to do when travelling to New Zealand.   About travelling to New Zealand  To travel to New Zealand, you need to meet several requirements.   The steps below explain what evidence you need to provide to enter New Zealand.  You no longer … Read more

Isolating at home 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to self-isolate. When you need to isolate  You only need to isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.  Isolation can be at your home or at suitable alternative accommodation.   How long you need to isolate  You will need to self-isolate for at … Read more

Medicines to treat COVID-19 

COVID-19 antiviral medicines can help people who are at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19.  Taking antiviral medicines to treat COVID-19  COVID-19 antiviral medicines are available to treat eligible people who have tested positive or are a household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 at home.  … Read more

Updates to the COVID-19 response

With cases and hospitalisations low, access to new medicines, and high vaccination levels, it’s now safe to move on from the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system). From 11:59pm on 12 September 2022, the COVID-19 Protection Framework will be removed. Protecting lives and livelihoods remains the goal of the Government’s … Read more

The Pfizer vaccine

Find about the Pfizer vaccine and how you can get vaccinated.  About the Pfizer vaccine  The main COVID-19 vaccine we are using in New Zealand is made by Pfizer-BioNTech. It is also known by its brand name, Comirnaty.   It is an mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine. It does not contain … Read more

Getting your booster dose

Learn about booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines, when you need one and how to get it.  About booster doses  If you are 16 years old and over, you are eligible to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.   If you are 18 years old or over, you can get … Read more

Your questions answered in NZSL – Booster & Omicron

Why is a booster needed? So I understand that some people are feeling frustrated that they’ve already had two vaccines and now we’re asking you to also get the booster. For Omicron the booster is really important, because over time our immunity does wane and so by having the booster it … Read more

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