NZLocums COVID-19 latest update

[Updated 26 November 2021 ]

All of New Zealand will move to the traffic light settings at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December 2021. Auckland will move into Red. Traffic light settings for the rest of New Zealand will be confirmed on 29 November. Auckland boarder will be opening on 15 December.

From 11.59pm on 16 January 2022, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from Australia without staying in managed isolation or quarantine.

From 11.59pm on 13 February, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from all other countries.

From 30 April, fully vaccinated foreign travellers can travel to New Zealand.

Find out more information and updates on the COVID-19 website.

[Updated 12 October 2021 ]

Auckland, Northland and Waikato are in Alert Level 3.

[Updated 5 October 2021]

Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but some restrictions will ease. The prime minister has set out a three-stage roadmap to easing restrictions and has outlined what will change from 11.59pm on Tuesday 5 October. North West Waikato remains in Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand remains in Alert Level 2.

[Updated 21 September 2021]

Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 for two weeks at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 September. The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2.

What to do at Alert Level 3

What to do at Alert Level 2

[ Updated 7 September 2021 ]

Auckland remains at Alert Level 4. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 September. This will be reviewed by the Government on Monday 13 September.

[ Updated 18 August 2021 ]

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 4

A Covid-19 case had been found in the community in Auckland on 17 August 2021. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced an alert-level 4 lockdown starting at 11.59pm on 17 August for seven days in Auckland and Coromandel, and three days elsewhere.

Find out more information and updates on the COVID-19 website.
Follow the latest news on RNZ News.

[ Updated 28 July 2021]

Quarantine-free travel from Australia is suspended

The decision to suspend all quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand follows a public health assessment of:

  • the escalating situation in several Australian states, and
  • the increasing risk of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus spreading further to other states or territories.

Find out more information and updates on the COVID-19 website here.

[ Updated 22 July 2021 ]

Latest update on Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand as of 21 July:

  • Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand remains paused. The Government will review the pause on Tuesday 27 July.
  • Quarantine-free travel from South Australia to New Zealand is paused. The Government will review the pause on Tuesday 27 July. Return green flights are running from South Australia.
  • Quarantine-free travel from NSW remains paused. The Government will review the pause on Tuesday 27 July. Managed return flights from NSW are running. These travellers have to go into MIQ.
  • If you have been outside New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria for 14 days or more and you meet all other criteria, you can travel to New Zealand from elsewhere on a quarantine-free flight.

[ Updated 2 June 2021 ]

Victoria lockdown and travel from Victoria to NZ paused

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the community in Melbourne, there is currently a travel pause from Victoria, Australia to New Zealand from 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May until 7:59pm (NZT) on Friday 4 June.

Anyone who has been in the state of Victoria from 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May cannot travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia until further advised.

The Government is reassessing the pause regularly as the situation develops.

[ Updated 27 April 2021 ]

Trans-Tasman bubble

As of Monday 19 April, New Zealand and Australian citizens have been able to enjoy quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia. Travellers will need to plan for the possibility of disruptions due to an outbreak. The framework for managing New Zealanders in the event of an outbreak in Australia involves three possible scenarios: continue, pause, suspend. Please visit the following link for the latest updates regarding the Trans-Tasman bubble:


[ Updated 2 March 2021 ] 

Due to the recent discovery of a community case in Auckland, Auckland is at Alert Level 3 with the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. These Alert Levels came into effect from 6am on Sunday 28 February and will be in place for the next 7 days.

[ Updated 27 January 2021 ] 

Updated pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand

The New Zealand Government is extending pre-departure testing to all travellers to New Zealand, except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.

[ Updated 18 January 2021 ] 

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand

The New Zealand Government now requires travellers from the UK or the US to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.

Learn more about the pre-departure testing requirements here

[ Updated 27 October 2020 ]

Due to developments in New Zealand’s COVID-19 status, there have been some recent changes in managed isolation and immigration requirements.

Travellers to New Zealand will now need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in managed isolation for their arrival to New Zealand. By registering for a place in managed isolation, the traveller(s) will be provided with a voucher confirming that they have been allocated a place in a managed isolation facility. This is becoming a legal requirement and airlines will not be permitted to board you or your family if you do not have a voucher. For further information please read through the information on the MIQ website – https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-zealand/secure-your-place-in-managed-isolation/

Travellers are now also required to cover the cost of their managed isolation period, and this is something you may wish to discuss with your employer as to whether they are willing to contribute towards these charges. Charges for managed isolation are as follows: $3,100 for a single adult, $950 for each additional adult and $475 for each additional child (3-17 years of age) in the same room. There is no charge for children under 3. Please view the following link for detailing the costs involved – https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/

The usual application process taken when applying for a work visa has also subsequently changed. Travellers are now required to submit a request for travel requesting entry into New Zealand before beginning their visa application. A $45 fee is involved. The form can be found here:


For more information regarding up to date immigration changes, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the Auckland region, the government made the decision to undertake a second lockdown in Auckland with the region moving to Alert Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2 on 12 August 2020. In order to contain the outbreak, these restrictions remained in place across New Zealand for almost 6 weeks, with the exception of the Auckland region which returned to Alert Level 1 at the beginning of October. The wearing of face coverings on public transport became mandatory on Monday 31 August, while any region is in Alert Level 2 or higher. Currently at Alert Level 1, you are not legally required to wear a face covering due to there being no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.

[ Updated 29 April 2020 ]

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, NZRGPN and NZLocums have been monitoring developments across the country and the globe and we are acting in a proactive manner to mitigate the impact to our teams and all those we work closely with: our members, locums, rural practice teams and our partners. As you will be aware, the New Zealand Government has made a difficult decision in ensuring the health and safety of our people.

On Wednesday 25 March 2020 in an effort to slow the transmission of Covid-19, New Zealand will be going into lock down moving to security level 4, the highest level of the Covid-19 alert system. What this means is that all New Zealanders will be required to stay within their home environment and only allowed out to collect essential supplies and a short walk for fresh air and fitness, however there are conditions around this.  All essential services will remain open however non-essential businesses will close initially for a 4 week period. Please see the following link which outlines what are deemed as essential services which includes health services.

Due to these changes we would like to let you know the following:

  • We will be shutting down the physical office from Wednesday 25 March 2020 as per the recommendations made by the New Zealand Government.
  • We will all be working remotely to continue with our business as usual as far as possible and aim to continue to provide you with support and assistance.
  • We will of course still be maintaining our core NZLocums service through this period and will be working hard to continue to meet as many recruitment needs as we are able.

NZLocums is the only recruitment agency funded by the Government to assist rural general practice with their recruitment and retention needs. The practices across the country whom we support are viewed as an essential service and during these turbulent times require additional doctor support. We support the increased need for doctors and view what we do as vital to ensure that these essential businesses stay open and service their communities effectively.

The emerging and evolving situation will of course impact the numbers of locums that are available so we will be working with practices to prioritise those areas of greatest need wherever we can.

On 24 April 2020, NZRGPN announced extra funded locum support assistance, in direct response to the Covid-19 situation, which is available to rural practices. See here for more information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@nzlocums.com


Useful links:

The Ministry of Health website has a dedicated COVID-19 website

The Royal New Zealand College of GPs has dedicated resources on their website.

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