The purpose of border health protection is to manage public health risks so that the travelling public can have confidence that they will not be exposed unnecessarily to pathogenic, biological, chemical or radiological hazards.
There is a suite of legislation, both national and international, that provides the tools to enable health authorities to implement measures necessary to mitigate public health risks. The International Health Regulations 2005 provide the overarching principles of border health management.
It is an important principle that public health measures are commensurate with the potential risk and do not unduly interfere with international travel or trade. There is also an expectation that an international traveller visiting New Zealand should receive the same level of health service support as a New Zealand citizen. International travellers are bound by the same legislative framework as New Zealanders while they are in New Zealand.