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If you arrived in New Zealand from any country in the last 14 days, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date you departed the last country you visited. If you arrived more than 14 days ago, you do not need to self-isolate.

If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of contact.




Staying at home and self-isolating presents its own challenges, but there are things you can do to make the 14 days easier.

  • If you are self-isolating after travelling internationally, plan ahead and think about what you need to be able to stay at home for the full 14 days before your return to New Zealand.
  • Talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need.
  • Where possible, ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online. Make sure any deliveries are left outside your home for you to collect. Many New Zealand companies are now offering a ‘contactless’ delivery option, where they notify you when they have delivered your order but remain nearby to ensure you receive it.
  • You can keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or internet, but don’t have physical contact with anyone who isn’t isolating with you.
  • Physical exercise is good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses to help you take light exercise in your home.
  • You can go outside, but you need to limit your contact with others. It’s ok to go for a walk, run or ride your bike, as long as you avoid people who aren’t self-isolating.
  • Don’t use public transport, taxis or similar transport methods during your 14-day period. You can use public transport after you arrive in New Zealand for the sole purpose of returning to your home, but cannot use it after that. You can use your own transport means (car, bike etc) whenever you wish.
  • You can live with others during your 14 days, but you need to avoid close contact with them. This means you shouldn’t share beds, linen or food.