COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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

Current situation

New Zealand is in Phase 3 of the Omicron response plan and at Orange in the COVID Protection Framework (traffic lights).

Read more on Unite against COVID-19 and in the latest news and media updates.

Face masks

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

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or are a household contact of someone with COVID-19, get tested immediately. Read about COVID-19 testing.

People with COVID-19 and household contacts must isolate for 7 days, with tests on days 3 and 7 for household contacts. Find advice on the COVID-19 Health Hub or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.


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.

Travel advice

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.

Omicron response

Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask and reducing contact with others.

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.

1 July

22 June

21 June

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