COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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

Current situation

New Zealand is in Phase 3 of the Omicron response plan and at Orange in the COVID Protection Framework (traffic lights).

Read more on Unite against COVID-19 and in the latest news and media updates.

Face masks

Wearing face masks is one of the best ways of protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, especially when in poorly ventilated spaces or when it is hard to physically distance from others.

There are free masks available at some rapid antigen test (RAT) collection sites and through some providers. Read more about use of masks.

Testing and isolating

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or are a household contact of someone with COVID-19, get tested immediately. You can get free RATs from a range of locations. Read more about COVID-19 testing and on reinfection.

People with COVID-19 and household contacts must isolate for 7 days, with tests on days 3 and 7 for household contacts. Find advice on the COVID-19 Health Hub or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.


COVID-19 vaccination provides very good protection against developing severe disease. Everyone aged 5 and over can be vaccinated for free. If you’ve had COVID-19 you’ll need to wait 3 months.

Boosters are available for people 16 years old and over, with a second booster recommended for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Read more at COVID-19 vaccinations.

Travel advice

New Zealand’s air and sea borders reopened to all tourists and visa holders at 11:59pm 31 July 2022.

Testing and vaccination requirements are in place. View details at COVID-19: Travellers and Travel to New Zealand and information on what to do if you are unwell or test positive while travelling.

Omicron response

Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask and reducing contact with others.

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.

8 July 2022

3 August 2022

1 August 2022

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