With case numbers falling, a highly vaccinated population, and increased access to antiviral medicines to treat COVID-19, public health experts say it is safe to remove most COVID-19 rules and end border restrictions.
Please note that the following still apply:
Isolation and face masks
From 13 September you must still:
Household Contacts no longer need to isolate for 7 days. If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you are recommended to:
Antiviral medicines are available for people at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19, including:
Vaccine mandatesAll government vaccine mandates will end at 11:59 pm, 26 September 2022. Some employers may still require workers to be vaccinated due to health and safety.
Travel requirementsTravellers and crew do not need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter New Zealand. Please check with your travel provider, for example your airline, as they may still require proof of vaccination.
People entering New Zealand will be given free RATs. They are encouraged to test on the day of arrival and on day 5 or 6, and accordingly report any positive RAT results.