This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.
Wearing face masks protects yourself and others from COVID-19, especially when in poorly ventilated spaces or when it is hard to physically distance from others. Read more on when you must wear a face mask on Unite against COVID-19 and about the new COVID-19 Face Mask Exemption Pass.
Testing and isolating
New Zealand’s vaccination rate has reached 96% for first doses, 95% for second doses and 71% for boosters. People 18 and over can have a booster at least 3 months after their primary vaccinations, while people 16 and 17 years old must wait for at least 6 months for their booster. If you’ve have had COVID-19 wait three months until you have a COVID-19 vaccination. Read more at COVID-19 vaccinations.
Vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries, and visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa, can travel to New Zealand. From 11:59pm 31 July 2022 the border will be open to all tourists and visa holders.
Testing 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.