Maritime border control

Ships arriving in New Zealand from overseas are subject to health entry requirements. These relate to potential public health risks, such as ill-health among passengers and crew, or the presence of animals or insects that may carry diseases, such as rodents or mosquitoes. The primary aim of these requirements is to prevent the international spread of disease or other public health risks.

There are customs, biosecurity and health requirements that arriving ships must comply with. The health requirements are detailed in the sections below. This information is general and not specific to the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 and the maritime sector

New Zealand’s maritime border reopened to foreign-flagged vessels, including cruise ships, at 11:59pm 31 July 2022. Read more on the COVID-19: Maritime sector page.

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