Information on international aeromedical transfer of non-COVID-19 patients, and on international or domestic medical transfer of patients with COVID-19 or who meet the clinical and higher index of suspicion criteria for COVID-19.
Last updated: 10 December 2020
International aeromedical transfers of non-COVID patients
New Zealand-based medical attendants
New Zealand-based medical attendants assisting with medical air transfers are exempt from the requirement to undertake 14 days quarantine or isolation on their return to New Zealand under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order 2020. As they are exempt, it is strongly recommended that they meet certain conditions, both in flight and during layovers, and on their return to New Zealand.
New Zealand-based medical attendants follow the same guidelines as New Zealand-based air crew who undertake a high risk layover. On return to New Zealand, they must self-isolate, have a COVID-19 test on day two after their arrival into New Zealand, and continue to self-isolate until the result of that test has been returned.
Overseas-based medical attendants
Overseas-based medical attendants are required to enter a managed isolation facility for the duration of their layover in New Zealand, unless they remain airside. They are also required to meet the relevant requirements during the transfer of patients to New Zealand.
International or domestic transfers of patients with confirmed or probable COVID-19 or who meet the clinical and higher index of suspicion (HIS) criteria
Aeromedical transfer of patients
This document outlines infection prevention precautions when managing patients with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 infection or who meet the clinical and HIS criteria requiring transportation by rotary or fixed wing aircraft.
- COVID-19: Aeromedical transfer of patients (PDF, 107 KB)
- COVID-19: Aeromedical transfer of patients (Word, 274 KB)
- Updated 11 July 2020
Road ambulance transfer of patients
This document outlines infection prevention precautions when managing patients with confirmed COVID-19 or meeting both the clinical and higher index of suspicion criteria requiring assessment or transportation by road ambulance personnel.