COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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

Current situation

Omicron variant

New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11.59pm tonight, Sunday 23 January. This is due to community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Auckland and Nelson/Marlborough. Read more information in the latest news and media updates and about the Omicron variant.

Find out what the Red setting means on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Health guidance for summer

Our summer health guidance can help you prevent or minimise the spread of COVID-19 during what can be a busy social period. Read the Health guidance for summer and information on testing of unvaccinated travellers.

COVID-19 vaccinations and My Vaccine Pass

New Zealand’s vaccination rate has reached 95 percent for first doses and 93 percent for second doses. Tamariki who are 5 to 11-year-olds can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are available for people 18 and over who have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago. Read more about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Find out how to request your My Vaccine Pass online and at participating vaccination sites. If you require assistance with your pass, please call 0800 222 478.

COVID-19 cases

There are active cases of COVID-19 in the community in both the North Island and the South Island. Anyone who returns a positive COVID-19 test is required to remain isolated or quarantined as directed (see Section 70).

See more on our Current cases page and advice for people with COVID-19.

Locations of interest

View the locations of interest and advice on what to do on our contact tracing locations of interest page

Testing

View the latest information about COVID-19 testing. Find testing locations in Auckland or nationwide.

For more general COVID-19 guidance, visit Unite Against COVID-19

Traffic lights

New Zealand has moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights).

All of New Zealand is currently at Orange.

Traffic Lights - Unite Against COVID-19



Latest updates

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

23 January

20 January

19 January

17 January

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