Preparing for staying in MIQ

Managed isolation involves staying in a room with no visitors. It is an unfamiliar experience for most people.

Make a plan

You might find the experience challenging, so it’s important to have a plan.

Think about:

  • what you will do to stay occupied
  • what things to pack that will make a difference to your comfort
  • how you will stay in touch with friends and family. For example, you might set up regular video call catch-ups.

Each managed isolation facility is a little different. You will not know which location you’ll be staying in until you arrive, which means it’s even more important to be prepared.

What to bring to New Zealand

Medical requests

Most of your medical needs can be met in managed isolation,

If you need special medical equipment 

If you have a medical condition, which means that you need special equipment or treatment while you're in an MIQ facility, you need to: 

  • request a letter from your treatment provider which confirms your diagnosis and current treatment plan, and outlines any special needs or equipment e.g shower chair, wheelchair, over toilet frame.
  • email your letter to us at least 10 days before your arrival in New Zealand so arrangements can be made. Email us at
  • make sure you travel with at least 14 days of the medication you need.

Note: the information provided may be shared with the DHB so that adequate preparations can be made.

Next steps

Plan your travel to New Zealand

Last updated: 21 April 2022