Border and MIQ worker vaccinations

It is now mandatory for workers at the border and in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) settings to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Find out who’s affected and what they need to do.

How the requirements work

On 1 May 2021, it became mandatory for a narrow group of border workers and Government officials working at the border or an MIQ facility to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

From 15 July 2021, it will also become mandatory for most border workers (air and port) to be vaccinated. This is required by new legislation. The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendments Order 2021 comes into effect at 11:59pm on 14 July.

Who must get vaccinated

All workers who are required to be tested for COVID-19 on either a 7-day or 14-day schedule will now also be required to get vaccinated before they perform that work.

The expanded Order applies to people working at:

  • managed isolation and quarantine facilities (MIQFs) and managed isolation facilities (MIFs)
  • airside area of affected airports and some other higher-risk work at airports
  • affected ports
  • accommodation services where specified aircrew members are self-isolating.

It also includes people doing work:

  • that involves handling affected items removed from ships, planes or MIQFs or MIFs, and
  • where the job is for a company that is routinely engaged to provide services for a plane, ship, MIQF or MIF, and
  • where the person ‘has contact with’ people who belong to different groups in the Order.

Use this tool to find out if a worker must get vaccinated 

When affected workers must get vaccinated by

  • All government employees must have had their first dose by 26 August 2021.
  • Privately employed border workers must have had their first dose by 30 September 2021.
  • After the dates above, any new workers covered by the Order will need to have their first dose before starting work. This applies to government and private business employees.

How to book a vaccination

If you have not already been been invited to book, your employer or PCBU must enter your details in the Border Workforce Testing Register (BWTR).
The BWTR will send your details to your local district health board (DHB). They will then contact you about booking your vaccination appointments.
DHBs will prioritise bookings for affected workers who are not yet vaccinated.

If you have not been contacted

If you are a border or MIQ worker and have not been contacted about booking your vaccination, talk to your employer.

If you need help


Why border workers must get vaccinated

To prevent the virus coming into our communities, we must continue to strengthen our border by protecting all of the people who work there. Alongside workers at MIQ facilities, workers at our ports and border are at the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19.

If a border worker does not get vaccinated

Border workers who remain unvaccinated after the requirements come into effect will need to discuss options with their employer. They will not be able to continue working in a border environment until they vaccinated.

Who can apply for an exemption

The Order allows PCBUs to apply for a supply chain exemption for a named worker. 

The exemption comes into force on 12 August 2021.

The Minister for COVID-19 Response decides if an exemption should be granted. 

Learn more about applying for a supply chain exemption — Ministry of Transport (external link)

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