COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Current situation

Read the latest weekly updates on COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 trends and insights.

Isolation and testing

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms get tested immediately. 
  • Only people who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for seven days.
  • Household contacts are recommended to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) every day for five days and avoid contact with the person who has had COVID-19 and vulnerable people.

Face masks

  • Masks are required when visiting healthcare facilities like hospitals, GPs, pharmacies and aged residential care facilities.
  • Some places like workplaces or a marae may ask people to wear a mask.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for household contacts when leaving home.
  • Read guidance on face masks for the public and for health and disability care workers.

COVID-19 medicines

  • Anti-viral medicines are available for free to any New Zealander 65 and over who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • For Māori and Pacific peoples, these medicines are available for free to anyone aged 50 and over.
  • In addition, anyone with three high-risk conditions is eligible for free anti-viral medicines. Read about eligibility for COVID medicines.

COVID-19 vaccination

  • All remaining Government vaccine mandates have ended. 
  • Some employers may still require workers to be vaccinated due to their responsibilities under health and safety legislation.
  • To keep your immunity levels high, stay up to date with your vaccinations. This will lower your chances of getting very sick from COVID-19 and ending up in hospital.

International travellers

  • Travellers to New Zealand are encouraged to undertake a RAT if they have any COVID symptoms. If they test positive, they must isolate for 7 days. Travellers who arrived by air are also asked to report their result and undertake a PCR test.

Read more at: Unite against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5+. It doesn't matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

Latest updates

Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website.

29 November

16 November

9 November

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