What to bring to New Zealand

What you should, and shouldn’t, bring for your stay in MIQ.

What to bring

We recommend you bring everything you need for daily life:

  • Clothes — around a week’s worth. Each person can have 2 bags of laundry washed during their stay.
  • Toiletries — for example, toothpaste and toothbrush, shaving equipment and sanitary products.
  • New Zealand dollars, if possible.
  • Things to entertain yourself and any children you have with you. Bring any devices that will help pass the time in the hotel room. There will be free TV and Wi-Fi in your room.

Note: You will not be able to leave the facility to go shopping.

You will not be able to go to the shops when you arrive in New Zealand, or while you are in managed isolation or quarantine. In most facilities you will be able to get shopping and food delivered.

What not to bring

New Zealand has strict biosecurity procedures at our borders to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases.

You won’t be able to bring prohibited items into New Zealand. You may be able to bring some restricted items into the country, but only if you have a permit for them, or after they have gone through treatments like fumigation. You must declare these items at the border.

Firearms are prohibited

Firearms are prohibited in all managed isolation facilities as per the Arms Act 1983. NZ Police will collect and store any firearms that arrive in NZ with you and those that enter from the community. You can liaise with NZ Police to arrange return of the firearms once you have completed your isolation.

Travelling to New Zealand(external link) — New Zealand Customs Service

Check if you can bring or send an item to New Zealand(external link) — Ministry for Primary Industries

Prepare for managed isolation

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

Preparing for staying in MIQ

Last updated: 27 April 2022