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.

6 December

29 November

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