Health advice cards for people arriving in New Zealand

These health advice cards advise overseas travellers or returning New Zealanders on what to do if they get sick within a month of arriving in New Zealand. English versions of the cards are available at New Zealand's international airports. The cards may be actively distributed to travellers in a border response.

The advice cards are available in 6 different languages. The Ministry of Health is encouraging wider promotion of the health card message and is happy for agencies such as tourism industry providers and language schools to promote the message. Print-ready PDFs are available if you wish to have them printed professionally.

The message on the card is:

Important message from the New Zealand Ministry of Health

If you get sick within a month of arriving in New Zealand, please seek medical advice as soon as you can.

Telephone the free Healthline on 0800 611 116 or contact a doctor.

It is important to tell them that you have been outside New Zealand recently.

Tell the health professional if you have a temperature of 38°C or higher and one or more of the following symptoms:

  • ongoing coughing
  • difficulty breathing
  • ongoing diarrhoea
  • ongoing vomiting
  • skin rash
  • bruising or bleeding without injury
  • looking obviously unwell
  • confusion.



Chinese, simplified

Chinese, traditional





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