COVID-19 vaccinations

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination, you will still need to secure a voucher and complete 7 days in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

You will still be required to undergo regular testing at the facilities which, for most people, is around Day 0/1, Day 3, and Day 5/6.

Being vaccinated does not remove the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), regular testing and other precautions.

New requirement for non-New Zealand citizens

Full vaccination became a requirement for non-New Zealand citizens arriving into the country from 1 November 2021.

Travellers will be required to declare their vaccination status when registering in the Managed Isolation Allocation System as well as presenting proof of vaccination or a relevant exemption to their airline and to Customs Officers once they land. 

A full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by a government or approval authority, with the last dose being at least 14 days before departure to New Zealand, will be acceptable at this stage.

Approved COVID-19 vaccines for entry into NZ(external link) — COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Proof of vaccination for travel to New Zealand(external link) — covid19.govt.nz

Everybody arriving will still be required to complete 7 days in managed isolation, and all travellers, except those from exempt locations, will still need to have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.

Pre-departure testing requirements

People who are subject to this new requirement but fail to present proof of vaccination may receive an infringement notice, which could carry a maximum fine of $4000.

The requirement will not apply to New Zealand citizens, children under the age of 17, and those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. RSE workers coming to NZ as part of the one-way QFT arrangement with Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu will also be exempt due to existing vaccination requirements, as will refugees. These groups of people do not need to apply for an exemption.

If you need to be fully vaccinated to travel to New Zealand but you cannot for some reason, you may be able to apply for an exemption through the Ministry of Health. The Director-General of Health will decide if you can be granted an exemption.

Vaccination exemptions for non-New Zealand citizens traveling to New Zealand(external link) — Ministry of Health

Last updated: 26 November 2021