COVID-19: Overseas vaccinations and My Vaccine Pass

When you're in New Zealand you may need a My Vaccine Pass to access certain events and venues. Find out how to get a pass if you’ve had COVID-19 vaccinations overseas. 

Last updated: 23 May 2022

My Vaccine Pass requirements have been removed
Businesses can voluntarily retain the use of My Vaccine Pass if they wish. You may be asked to show a My Vaccine Pass during your time in New Zealand. 

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Accessing certain services in Aotearoa New Zealand 

Although you can enter New Zealand using an overseas vaccination certificate, once you're in New Zealand you may need to have a 'My Vaccine Pass' to access certain services – such as travel and healthcare.

To get a My Vaccine Pass, you will need to apply to have your overseas vaccinations recognised in New Zealand by submitting evidence of them via the Overseas Vaccine Submission Form.

Overseas Vaccine Submission Form >

Approved vaccines for My Vaccine Pass

The vaccines accepted for My Vaccine Pass are:

  1. Pfizer/BioNTech
  2. Jcovden (previously Janssen)
  3. AstraZeneca (Oxford)
  4. AstraZeneca/Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  5. Moderna
  6. Sinopharm (Beijing)
  7. Sinovac (CoronaVac)
  8. Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
  9. Novavax (Nuvaxavoid)
  10. Covovax (Serum Institute of India).

To be eligible for My Vaccine Pass you must:

  • have completed a primary vaccination course (for most people this is two doses – this can include a combination, for example, one dose of Pfizer and one dose of Sinopharm)
  • have had a booster if you're aged 18 and over
  • be aged 12 or over (children under 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination)
  • submit evidence of your vaccinations so they are recognised in New Zealand – the process is detailed below.

If you’ve had a different vaccine

If you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine not included in the 'approved list for My Vaccine Pass', but is one of the vaccine types listed below that we can accept evidence of, you will need to:

  1. apply to have your vaccinations recognised by providing evidence, and
  2. have another dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Oxford/Vaxzevria or Covishield), Janssen, or Moderna to complete your primary course
  3. have any of the approved vaccines for My Vaccine Pass as a booster.

You can have any doses needed before you come to New Zealand, or you can have Pfizer or Novavax vaccinations after you have arrived. In New Zealand, all COVID-19 vaccinations are free – you will not need to pay for this extra dose.

You can book an additional dose through Book My Vaccine.

If you intend to have COVID-19 vaccinations when you arrive in New Zealand, you may be eligible for a 30-day temporary My Vaccine Pass which allows time to get any COVID-19 vaccinations you need. You will be informed whether you can have a 30-day temporary My Vaccine Pass once you’ve completed the Overseas Vaccine Submission Form.

Overseas Vaccine Submission Form >

Vaccines types we can accept evidence of

We can accept evidence of the following vaccines:

1.    Anhui Zhifei Longcom (Zifivax, ZF2001, ZF-UZ-VAC-2001, RBD-Dimer).
2.    AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19).
3.    AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India (Covishield, AZD1222).
4.    Bagheiat-allah University of Medical Sciences (Noora). Three doses required for this vaccine.
5.    Beijing Minhai Biotechnology Co/ Shenzhen Kangtai Biological products (KCONVAC, Minhai COVID-19 vaccine, KconecaVac, BIOKANGTAI).
6.    Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152).
7.    Biological E Limited (Corbevax, BECOV2A)
8.    CanSino (Convidecia, PakVac, Ad5-nCoV). Only single dose required for this vaccine.
9.    Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, CIGB (Abdala, CIGB-66).
10.    Chumakov Centre (KoviVac).
11.    Federal Budgetary Research Institution State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, FBRI (EpiVacCorona).
12.    Federal Budgetary Research Institution State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, FBRI (Aurora-CoV, EpiVacCorona-N)
13.    Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Gam-COVID-Vac, Sputnik, rAd5). Two course nasal spray vaccine
14.    Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Sputnik V, Gam-COVID-Vac).
15.    Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Sputnik light). Only single dose required for this vaccine (“Sputnik light” only, not other Sputnik/Gamaleya vaccines).
16.    Health Institutes of Turkey (Turkovac, ERUCOV-VAC)
17.    Instituto Finlay de Vacunas Cuba / Pasteur Institute of Iran (Soberana 02, FINLAY-FR-2, Pasteurcovac)
18.    Instituto Finlay de Vacunas Cuba (Soberana Plus, FINLAY-FR-1A). Only approved as a third dose after 2 doses of Soberana 02.
19.    Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, Ad26.COV2.S, Ad26COVS1, JNJ-78436735). Only single dose required for this vaccine.
20.    Kazakhstan Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems (RIBSP, QazVac, QazCovid-in).
21.    Medicago Inc. (COVIFENZ, coVLP).
22.    Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corporation, MVC (MVC COVID-19 vaccine, Medigen COVID-19 vaccine, MVC-COV1901).
23.    Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273).
24.    National Vaccine and Serum Institute (China) (NVSI-06-08, Recombinant SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (CHO Cell)). Three doses required for this vaccine.
25.    Novovax (NV-CoV2373, Nuvaxavoid)
26.    Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (FAKHRAVAC, MIVAC)
28.    Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran, BNT162b2).
29.    Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute (Razi Cov Pars). Three doses required for this vaccine.
30.    Serum Institute of India, Covovax (Nuvaxovid, Novavax formulation)
31.    Shifa Pharmed Industrial Co (COVIran Barekat, COVIRAN, BIV1-CovIran, COVIran Barkat/Barakat).
32.    Sinopharm, Beijing (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, BIBP, LIBP, CCIBP, CDIBP, CNBG vaccine, Covilo).
33.    Sinopharm, Wuhan (Sinopharm/WIBP CorV/COVID-19 vaccine).
34.    Sinovac (CoronaVac, Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, PiCoVacc).
35.    Takeda (TAK-919, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna Intramuscular Injection).
36.    Valneva SE/Dynavax Technologies (VLA2001, VLA2101)
37.    Vaxine/CinnaGen Co. COVAX-19 (SpikoGen).
38.    Zydus Cadila (ZyCoV-D). Three doses required for this vaccine.

How to provide evidence of your vaccination(s)

You will need to complete an Overseas Vaccine Submission Form to have your overseas vaccinations recognised in New Zealand as part of the process to get a My Vaccine Pass. 

Overseas Vaccine Submission Form

You will be asked for your: 

  1. full name
  2. date of birth
  3. National Health Index (NHI) number (if applicable/known)
  4. last address in New Zealand (if applicable), and
  5. evidence of your vaccination(s).

Evidence requirements

Your vaccination record and evidence above must be in English or professionally translated into English prior to applying.

  • evidence of your vaccination through a vaccine certification issued from the country where you were vaccinated, or an equivalent documentation. This documentation must contain the following information:
    • your name (first and last)
    • the name(s) of the vaccines you received
    • the country where the vaccine(s) were administered
    • the date the vaccine(s) were administered
      1. Note: Some digital vaccination certificates (typically featuring a QR code) may only contain information about the most recent dose.
      2. In many cases you are able to request a certificate for both vaccination events from the country you were vaccinated, and you should do this if available.
      3. If this is not available, please indicate the date(s) of any other vaccinations received in your submission.

Technical support

For technical support or feedback about submitted evidence of your overseas vaccinations email [email protected]

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