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