COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Current situation

New South Wales quarantine free travel pause
Quarantine Free Travel between New Zealand and New South Wales paused at 11.59pm on 6 May 2021. For more information see our latest media release.

Section 70 order issued
A Section 70 order has been issued for people arriving from New South Wales since 27 April. Find out more.

Travel from very high risk countries
The Government has created a new ‘very high risk country’ category that will reduce the risk of high numbers of infected people flying to New Zealand. See the Travel from very high risk countries section for more information.

Quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands and Australia
Separate quarantine-free travel arrangements are now in place with the Cook Islands and Australia. See the Advice for travellers page for more information.

Case numbers
As at 9 May 2021 there are 27 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See our Current cases page and the latest News and media updates.

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1

  • You are legally required to wear a face mask or covering on all public transport and flights throughout New Zealand.
  • For more information about Alert Levels, see the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms, including muscle aches and fatigue, should get a test and stay home until you have a negative test result. Find your local testing facility on the Healthpoint website.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

COVID-19 vaccines

We've secured enough vaccines for everyone in New Zealand. Find out about our rollout plan and when you'll get a vaccine.

NZ COVID Tracer app

The official Ministry of Health contact tracing app helps you keep a digital diary of the places you’ve been.

Find out more

Latest updates

Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website.


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