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NZ Maritime border controls

There are restrictions on the maritime vessels that may arrive into NZ. Strict isolation or quarantine requirements are also in place for those arriving at the maritime border.


The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order 2020 has been made to strengthen maritime border controls to further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the maritime border.

The purpose of the Order is to:

  • restrict the vessels that may arrive into New Zealand, and
  • put in place strict isolation or quarantine requirements for those arriving at the maritime border.

The Order was made under section 11 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 by the Minister of Health, and it came into effect at 11.59pm on 30 June 2020.

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020 came into effect from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 September and replaced the previous Order, that governs persons who arrive in New Zealand by sea.

The Order continues the prohibition on foreign ships in New Zealand, with a range of exceptions. Exceptions include fishing ships, cargo ships and those that have been granted permission if there is a humanitarian reason or a compelling need for the ship to be delivered to a NZ business.

Download the Vessels arriving in New Zealand Guide (PDF 205 KB).

The Ministry of Health has published information on its website about the Order, and Maritime New Zealand have provided information about the Order in a maritime industry update.

Visit our webpage for more information in relation to superyachts and pleasure craft.