COVID-19: Requesting proof of vaccination

If you need written confirmation of your COVID-19 vaccination you can request a letter from the Ministry of Health. We can only provide proof of vaccinations administered in New Zealand. We expect digital vaccination certificates to be available later this year.

Last updated: 5 October 2021

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Digital vaccination certificates coming in November

We are developing an online portal where you can view your COVID-19 records. This is called My Covid Record. This will include your test results and digital vaccination certificates.

My Covid Record launches to the public in mid-October where you will be able to view your vaccination records.

From the end of November, you will be able to download digital vaccination and COVID-19 test certificates for use in New Zealand and overseas. Domestic certificates will help ensure we are reducing the risk of the virus spreading at large gatherings and events over the summer and into next year.


Vaccination confirmation letters

If you need proof of vaccination before the end of November, you can request a letter from the Ministry of Health which confirms your vaccination status – this takes up to 10 working days. 

A vaccination letter from the Ministry of Health will include:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your NHI number
  • the name of the vaccine you had
  • the batch number
  • the number of doses you’ve received and dates administered.

Request a vaccination confirmation letter 

The letter includes the personal information we hold about your vaccination in the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR), and your personal details which are linked to your National Health Index (NHI) number.

About NHI numbers

What we record in the CIR

When to make a request

You can request a vaccination letter at any point. However, if you request a letter after your first vaccination, the letter will only show proof of one vaccination.  

We recommend waiting until you are fully vaccinated to request a confirmation letter.

We aim to respond to all requests in maximum 10 working days. If you've provided all the required details including your NHI number, your request will be processed much faster.

How to request a vaccination letter

By online form

To request a vaccination letter, fill out the proof of COVID-19 vaccination form.

If information is missing or incomplete, we can’t process your request.

By post

If you’d prefer, you can also post your request to:

Privacy Request
National Contact Centre
Ministry of Health
PO Box 3015
Whanganui
4501

Please include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • phone number
  • NHI number (if known)
  • date of departure for overseas travel (if you're travelling).

How to find your NHI number

Vaccination confirmation letters are sent to you via email or post. Please specify how you would like us to send it to you when you submit your request.


Vaccination cards

Normally, you would be given a purple vaccination card after your first vaccination appointment. Some vaccination sites aren’t currently providing these at Levels 2, 3, and 4 in order to be contactless.

These cards are not official proof of vaccination. They are appointment reminder cards – so you know when your second vaccination appointment is.

If you need formal proof of your COVID-19 vaccination, you can request a vaccination confirmation letter from the Ministry of Health.


Travelling overseas after vaccination

If you’re travelling abroad, we’re unable to guarantee that other countries will recognise your COVID-19 vaccination letter as formal proof of vaccination.

You will also need to follow all the usual immigration processes for any country you wish to enter. For some countries, you will also need to take additional steps, such as having a negative pre-departure test.

Globally, standards for COVID-19 vaccination certificates are still being established, so countries may have different requirements.

You should check the requirements of the country you’re travelling to and find out what proof of vaccination, if any, is needed.


Travelling to New Zealand

At this stage, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in New Zealand. However, regardless of what vaccine you received overseas or in New Zealand, restrictions still apply at New Zealand’s border.

This means that unless you’re travelling from a quarantine-free location, you’ll still need to go through managed isolation on arrival to New Zealand. You may also be required to have a pre-departure test.

Border closures and exceptions – Immigration NZ

The Government is continuing to look at how we can reopen our borders safely, and the rollout of effective vaccinations internationally and in New Zealand will be key to when and how this will happen.

In this section

  • Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 16 and over can now view their COVID-19 vaccination records online via My Covid Record. In November, you'll also be able to download vaccination certificates for use in New Zealand and overseas and see your COVID-19 test results. Read more
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