If you need written confirmation of your COVID-19 vaccination for international travel you can request a letter from the Ministry of Health.
Last updated: 13 September 2021
On this page:
- Vaccination cards
- Vaccination confirmation letters
- If you’ve been granted early vaccine access
- Travelling overseas after vaccination
- Travelling to New Zealand
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 for international travel, you can request a vaccination confirmation letter from the Ministry of Health.
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.
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.
For some people, the name in your letter might not match the name in your passport.
If your legal name is different to what’s attached to your NHI number, you can ask your health care provider to update your NHI information. You’ll need to show your healthcare provider identification.
The letter will not include your passport number.
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.
How to request a vaccination letter
To request a vaccination letter for overseas travel, fill out the proof of COVID-19 vaccination form.
Requests are prioritised based on your overseas travel departure date.
If information is missing or incomplete, we can’t process your request.
If you’d prefer, you can also post your request to:
National Contact Centre
Ministry of Health
PO Box 3015
Please include your:
- full name
- date of birth
- phone number
- NHI number (if known)
- date of departure for overseas travel.
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.
How long it takes
We aim to respond to all requests within 20 working days. However, there is a heavy demand for COVID-19 vaccine-related enquiries at the moment, so it may take longer than 20 days for us to respond.
If you’ve successfully applied for an early vaccination, we will arrange for you to receive a letter confirming your vaccination status after you’ve had both doses. You do not need to apply for a letter yourself.
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.
Developing digital vaccination certificates
We’re working on new digital certificates that will record your COVID-19 health status. This will include vaccination and test results.
The certificates will be designed to support international travel. One way to access these in the future will be through an online portal that is being developed.
We expect digital certificates will be available later this year.
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.
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.