Non-NZ citizens need proof of vaccination to travel to NZ
Non-New Zealand citizens must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before travelling to New Zealand by air.
You will need to tell managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) your vaccination status when you book your voucher.
You must still have the right to enter New Zealand. The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you are transiting New Zealand
If you are transiting New Zealand and you are not a New Zealand citizen, then you must still meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. This applies even though you are staying "airside" and you do not go through Customs.
If you are a New Zealand citizen
You do not need to be vaccinated before travelling to New Zealand.
You must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements
This means that you need to:
- have had a full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by a government health authority or approval authority, and
- have had the last dose at least 14 days before you depart for New Zealand.
A full course of some of the approved vaccines is 1 dose only.
You can have a combination of different vaccines if that combination is an approved course in the country you received them. Each of the vaccines must be on the list of approved vaccines.
Any vaccine that has been approved by at least 1 government health authority or approval authority is approved for entry into New Zealand.
More than 25 vaccines are approved for entry into New Zealand. Note: they are only approved to enter New Zealand — only some vaccines are approved for use when you are in New Zealand.
The list of vaccines is available on the trackvaccines.org website. Every vaccine that is listed on the webpage below is approved.
Who does not need to be vaccinated
Some people do not need to have evidence they have been vaccinated. We also know that some people cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons.
You do not need to have evidence you have met COVID-19 vaccination requirements if you:
- are a New Zealand citizen
- are aged under 17 years
- cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons — you will need electronic or paper evidence from a medical practitioner
- are a refugee
- are a citizen of Afghanistan and you have been evacuated
- are arriving in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Worker (RSE) scheme from Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga or the Solomon Islands.
You do not need to apply for an exemption.
Foreign air crew arriving in New Zealand are not exempt from the requirements — they must carry evidence of being vaccinated on arrival in New Zealand.
Apply for an exemption
If you cannot be vaccinated for some reason, you may be able to apply for an exemption.
If you are travelling with a New Zealand citizen
Apply for an exemption if you have not had time to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before your travel date, you have a voucher for MIQ, and you are travelling with a New Zealand citizen who is your:
- spouse, civil union partner or de facto partner
- parent (if you are under 18 years old)
- sibling from the same parent (if you are under 18 years old).
If you cannot get a vaccination
Apply for an exemption if you cannot easily get vaccinations in the country that you have spent the previous 6 months before your journey to New Zealand.
Apply for an exemption
You will need to apply to the Ministry of Health for an exemption, along with evidence of why you need one. The Director-General of Health will decide if you can be given an exemption.
Evidence you must have
If you are not a New Zealand citizen and you are required to be fully vaccinated, you need to provide evidence that:
- you have met COVID-19 vaccination requirements, or
- you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or
- you have an exemption from the Director-General of Health.
You may be asked to provide evidence of your vaccination or exemption to your airline when you check in for your travel to New Zealand. You also need to provide this evidence to NZ Customs.
If you have met COVID-19 vaccination requirements
You need a digital vaccine passport or another form of electronic or paper document from a government health authority or approval authority confirming you have had a full COVID-19 vaccine course.
Your evidence must confirm that you have received 1 or more COVID-19 vaccines (how many doses depends on which vaccine you have received), and:
- your name
- the name of the vaccine or vaccines you received
- the name of the agency that administered them
- the name of the place where you received them
- the date you received them — if you received 2 doses, you must have 2 dates.
Your evidence must confirm your last dose was at least 14 days before departure for New Zealand.
If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
You must have an electronic or paper medical certificate from a medical practitioner that says you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
If you have an exemption
You must have an electronic or paper copy of the exemption letter from the Director-General of Health.
You must meet other requirements to enter New Zealand
Even if you are vaccinated, you still need to:
- have the right to enter New Zealand
- have a negative pre-departure test result
- enter MIQ.
Some people are exempt from these requirements.
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