Aotearoa is at Orange in Phase 3 for managing the Omicron variant.


New Zealand’s international border opens to all visitors, including from non-visa waiver countries, and international students from 11:59pm, 31 July 2022.


To increase uptake in use in RATs and face masks, packs of medical masks will be provided free along with free RAT kits for individuals and households from testing centres and in more locations by the end of the week. You do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms. P2/N95 masks will be available for clinically vulnerable and high-risk individuals.

We are encouraging everyone who needs extra RATs or masks to head to a testing site or other location and collect a free pack for you and your whānau. There is no criteria — you do not need to be unwell or have symptoms.

The tried and tested measures: wearing a high-quality mask, strong vaccine and booster uptake, antivirals and testing are highly effective and will put us in the best position to get through what is one of the toughest winters we have faced.


My Vaccine Pass are no longer need, businesses will still be able to use the system if they choose to but it’s not required.

Government vaccine mandates for all sectors except health and care workers, prison staff, and border workers are removed. They remain for health and care workers and prison staff because they come into contact with a lot of people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and for our border workers because they are the first people who would likely be exposed to any new variant of concern that emerges internationally.

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Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Tutorial

How to log your test results.

Log your results here

Testing and isolation after you have had COVID-19

After you have recovered from COVID-19, you do not need to isolate again for 3 months, if someone else in your household tests positive during that time.

You should not have further COVID-19 tests for 28 days from when your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first.

After 28 days, if you get new symptoms, take a RAT. If it is positive, you would be considered a new case — you will need to re-isolate and follow the guidance for people who have COVID-19.

While you can get COVID-19 again at any time, the chance of reinfection in the 3 months after recovery is low.

If you take a PCR test in the 3 months following recovery, you are likely to get a positive result even if you do not have a new infection. This is because this type of test is very sensitive and you still have the virus in your system. If you need a PCR test for any reason in this period, you can talk to your doctor about getting a medical exemption.

If you continue to feel unwell, talk to your doctor or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Here is a simple booklet with information about navigating through COVID-19Work and Income may be able to help with immediate and essential needs if you have to self-isolate due to COVID-19, including a possible financial payment. You will need to fill in a form to apply. Follow the link to find out what’s involved and what documents you will need to have ready. Only one form is needed per whānau.



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