The Maritime Border Order, established to help manage COVID-19, is no longer in effect from Monday September 12, 2022.
People arriving in New Zealand by sea do not need to be vaccinated, and people arriving on what were formerly known as Category 1 vessels (for example, cargo vessels) are no longer required to test if they wish to disembark to enter the community.
Household contacts of COVID-19 cases (referred to in the legislation as ‘fellow residents”) are no longer required to isolate but are recommended to do a Rapid Antigen Test every day for 5 days after becoming a household contact. You are a household contact if you live with or have spent a night or day (more than 8 hours) with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
On a cruise ship, a household contact is anyone who has shared a cabin with anyone else who has tested positive, while they are likely to have been infectious. On all other types of vessels, everyone on board is considered a household contact.
The following forms are still required:
- Advance Notice of Arrival - must be submitted at least 48 hours before arrival
- No Change of Health Status Report - must be submitted 12-24 hours before arrival
- Maritime Declaration of Health - must be submitted 12-24 hours before arrival at the same time as the No Change of Health Status Report.
More information for small craft and private yachts is now available from the New Zealand Customs Service.