Managed isolation is an essential part of our border measures to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand.

While our borders are closed, New Zealand citizens and permanent residents have a legal right to come home. Those returning to New Zealand have a responsibility to do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand by completing 14 days in isolation before safely returning home.

The purpose of managed isolation is to ensure people do not have COVID-19 before they return to our communities. People are tested around day 3 and day 12 of their stay, and they must test negative before they can leave managed isolation.

Tens of thousands of people have completed their managed isolation stay safely, and have returned to their loved ones and friends.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) became a business group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on 13 July 2020. MIQ is jointly led by Deputy Chief Executive Megan Main and Brigadier James (Jim) Bliss, as Head of MIQ.

Brigadier James (Jim) Bliss and Deputy Chief Executive Megan Main

Brigadier James (Jim) Bliss and Deputy Chief Executive Megan Main

Last updated: 14 December 2020