Government actions

The Government has a range of actions including the Alert System, border restrictions and testing.

Our Alert System

The Alert System was introduced by the Government in March 2020 to manage and minimise the risk of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The system helps people understand the current level of risk and the restrictions that legally must be followed. 

The system helps us to stop the spread of COVID-19, with different measures at each Alert Level.

About the COVID-19 Alert System

Keeping COVID-19 out


Border entry measures are in place to minimise the risk of importing COVID-19 cases.

The border is closed, except for New Zealand citizens and residents, and a small number of limited exceptions — such as critical workers. Exemptions are managed by Immigration New Zealand (external link).

Border closures and exceptions (external link)

Anyone returning to New Zealand from overseas legally must complete 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine before returning to the community.

Arriving back in New Zealand


Keeping COVID-19 out means we need to identify any cases if they emerge.

At this stage, our greatest risk of COVID-19 is via our border. Testing is prioritised for people who are most likely to have COVID-19. Let your health professional know if you have travelled internationally in the past 14 days, or if you have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case.

Other people with COVID-19 symptoms may also be tested. This is to help ensure that we don’t have community transmission in New Zealand.

Our approach to testing

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