Border health

This section of the Ministry’s website contains guidance and information about border health protection and health quarantine procedures in New Zealand, including the requirements for ships and aircraft arriving in New Zealand from overseas.

Border health protection aims to limit and respond to the international spread of diseases and other public health threats. Protection measures seek to prevent harm to human health, including the health and wellbeing of international travellers, aircraft and ship crew, and the general public.

The Ministry of Health leads this work. Regional health authorities work with other agencies with border control responsibilities, including security, customs, biosecurity, maritime and aviation transport, animal health, policing and immigration responsibilities.

While border health protection measures seek to protect the New Zealand public, it is important to recognise that New Zealand is part of the global community. We are committed to contributing to a collaborative and joint response with other countries.

In this section

  • Border health protection measures are used to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and other public health risks. This section covers measures that can be implemented at airports and seaports to manage symptomatic or exposed travellers, or limit travel to affected areas, and describes the powers granted under New Zealand law for these purposes. Read more
  • This section contains guidance on border health law, policy and planning, including the requirements of the International Health Regulations, information on New Zealand legislation and the national emergency preparedness plans, and steps for public health units to develop operations plans. Read more
  • Border controls on air travel are important for preventing the international spread of disease. This section describes the powers and requirements public health officials have surrounding aircraft, the notification processes for flights coming into New Zealand, and the guidance provided by international aviation agencies. Read more
  • Maritime vessels are subject to border controls in order to prevent the international spread of infectious diseases and public health risks. This section describes entry requirements for New Zealand ports, including submitting an Advance Notice of Arrival Form and Maritime Declaration of Health, and complying with the ship sanitation certification system. Read more
  • The Ministry of Health is responsible for assessing New Zealand’s international points of entry (airport and sea ports that receive aircraft and vessels from overseas), to ensure they have the core capacities required by the International Health Regulations 2005. Read more
  • Government and international agencies with a role in border health control. Read more