COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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

Current situation

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.

Face masks

  • Masks are required when visiting certain 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 in confined poorly ventilated places such as public transport, or when visiting vulnerable people.
  • 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. The Government vaccine mandate for health and disability workers will end on 11:59pm, 26 September 2022.
  • 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 arriving in New Zealand, including air crew, no longer have to be vaccinated, or to test after arriving.
  • However, people flying into New Zealand will continue to receive free RATs at the airport and will be encouraged to test on day 0/1 and 5/6.
  • People arriving by air must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration, and receive a Traveller Pass, before entering the country

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

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.

30 September

27 September

21 September

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