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Living during COVID-19

COVID-19 has significantly impacted countries all around the world, and New Zealand is no exception. While we have been more successful at managing the spread of the virus than many other countries, COVID-19 has still changed the way we live and work.

To help keep New Zealand free of COVID-19, we now follow a set of rules and guidelines, including border restrictions.

What is the current situation?

The New Zealand government is continuing to work hard to contain the virus, and is now rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine.

Get the latest updates 

To help manage the spread of COVID-19, the government introduced a 4-Level COVID-19 Alert System in 2020. What does each alert level mean and what level is New Zealand operating under now?

Understand alert levels

Access to New Zealand remains restricted. Most travellers – apart from passengers from Quarantine-free Travel Zones – need to stay in a managed isolation facility for 14 days when they arrive here.

Check the new travel process

Check the Quarantine-free Travel Zones


How are we staying safe?

While New Zealanders still enjoy a lot of freedom, the government has created a new set of rules and guidelines to restrict the spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • wearing a face covering on public transport
  • tracking the places we visit via the COVID-19 Tracing app
  • staying home if feeling sick
  • getting tested for COVID-19 if showing any symptoms
  • following good hygiene practices, including washing hands.

See more about how we are protecting ourselves


Who can travel to New Zealand – and what is the process?

New Zealand’s borders remain closed to most travellers to help keep COVID-19 out of our community. ‘Critical workers’, such as health professionals, are among the exceptions.

See who can enter New Zealand 

Travellers from all countries, except those in Quarantine-free Travel Zones, are required to stay in managed isolation or quarantine for 14 days. Because places in our managed isolation facilities are strictly limited, travelling to New Zealand currently takes much longer than usual.

Find out about our Managed Isolation and Quarantine System

A negative COVID-19 test result is also required for most travellers to New Zealand. 

See which countries are exempt  


Quarantine-free Travel Zones
Some countries are Quarantine-free Travel Zones, which means if you travel from one of these areas you can enter New Zealand without needing to stay in managed isolation or quarantine.

Find out how quarantine-free travel works


What healthcare and support is available?

When in New Zealand, if you test positive for COVID-19 or need help managing your wellbeing, you can access our free healthcare and support. This includes:

  • anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is looked after in a quarantine facility
  • the COVID-19 vaccine, which is free and available to everyone
  • resources and services, including counselling, to help protect your wellbeing.

Find out about our healthcare and support 


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