COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The Wellington national office reception is now open. Under the Orange Traffic Light settings, visitors will still need to call ahead to arrange a visit to other Maritime NZ offices.

Please call the relevant Maritime NZ office for the telephone numbers for assistance or to speak to someone to make an appointment.

It will be your choice whether you want to wear a mask or not when you meet with Maritime NZ staff at Maritime NZ premises.

New Zealand’s maritime border is open

New Zealand’s maritime border is open to all vessels including foreign flagged vessels, cruise ships, recreational vessels, yachts and specialist vessels used in research and exploration.

Vessels arriving into New Zealand will fall into one of two categories:

  • Category 1 includes passengers and crew on all vessels associated with trade as well as specialist vessels and foreign state vessels with diplomatic status. Arrivals that fall into Category 1 do not need to be vaccinated but will be subject to ‘on arrival’ testing to disembark.
  • Category 2 includes passengers and crew on a cruise ship, recreational vessel or yacht. Anyone that falls into Category 2 will need to be fully vaccinated (or be excused or exempt) before they arrive but there will be no requirement to test on arrival.

The Maritime Border Order has been amended to allow for the reopening of the maritime border and the published order can be viewed here.

Yachts and recreational vessels coming to New Zealand will be required to complete NZ Customs declarations at different stages of their journey.
Cruise ships and commercials vessels will also need to complete NZ Customs declarations.
If you are a passenger or a crew member on a cruise ship, visit the Unite against Covid-19 website for important information.
Arrivals in New Zealand who plan to disembark will need to follow the local COVID-19 health settings.

Vaccination requirements for Category 2 crew and passengers can be found on the Unite against COVID-19 website and includes:

  • travellers who are excused or exempt
  • approved vaccines for entry into New Zealand
  • how to provide proof of vaccination

Passengers and crew arriving on a category 2 vessel must provide information on their vaccination status on arrival in New Zealand if requested. Additionally, a master of a category 2 vessel must provide information on passenger vaccination status on arrival in New Zealand if requested.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in New Zealand you will need to isolate on board for 7 days.

You will also need to isolate for 7 days if you are considered a household contact.

For crew and passengers on Category 1 vessels, you are a household contact if you are on board the same vessel as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless otherwise directed by a Medical Officer of Health.
For crew and passengers on Category 2 vessels, you are considered a household contact if you share a cabin with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you are on the same recreational vessel, yacht or small craft that someone tests positive on.

Visit these website for information on how to self-isolate and what constitutes a household contact.

Information on Testing for crew and passengers in Category 1 who wish to disembark the vessel can be found here. Ship’s masters must notify a Medical Officer of health of the results of all mandatory testing, whether positive of negative.

Crew members on board a vessel who are self-isolating may be permitted to disembark to undertake essential permitted tasks, but must take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. This includes by remaining as close as reasonably practicable to the ship and wearing PPE while performing essential tasks.

Key New Zealand Government website for more information:

The Covid Protection Framework

New Zealand is now operating under the Covid Protection Framework (CPF), which replaced the Alert Level System from 11.59pm on Thursday 2 January.

Information about colour and general settings, boating and boundaries

There are 3 settings under the CPF:

  • Red means there will be restrictions on hospitality, gatherings, and events with some types of businesses and facilities operating depending on their use of vaccine certificates. Localised lockdowns could still be imposed.
  • Orange means there are no restrictions on hospitality, gatherings, and events as long as vaccine certificates are used. Some businesses and facilities may not be able to open if vaccine certificates are not used.
  • Green means no restrictions on hospitality, gatherings, and events and businesses and facilities can open if vaccine certificates are used. There may be restrictions where vaccine certificates are not used.

To see which setting your region is under and to learn more about what it means for you, please visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.

General Settings

Face masks must also be worn on flights at all times regardless of point of departure or arrival. Face coverings rules for each setting are as follows:

  • Red — to be worn on all flights, public transport, taxis, retail, public venues and recommended whenever leaving the house.
  • Orange — to be worn on all flights, public transport, taxis, retail, public venues and encouraged elsewhere.
  • Green — to be worn on all flights and encouraged indoors.

Boating

All recreational water-based activities are permitted under RED, ORANGE or GREEN as long as it is done in a safe way and any official public health guidance can be followed.

Boundaries

Under the CPF system, you can travel to different areas for any reason and there are no restrictions, but you will need to follow the CPF rules of your destination, if they are different to yours.

Information for:

Domestic operators and vessel certification

Stevedores

Foreign ship masters

Maritime Pilots

Ship registration

Recreational activities

Contacting us

 

Latest maritime industry updates

Maritime industry update 111 - 8 August 2022 [PDF: 203kB, 8 pages] Maritime industry update 110 - 25 July 2022 [PDF: 246kB, 9 pages] Maritime industry update 109 - 11 July 2022 [PDF: 214kB, 9 pages] Maritime industry update 108 - 27 June 2022 [PDF: 255kB, 8 pages]

 

Contact us

The best way of contacting us is by email.

We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Please use the following email addresses:
seafarers@maritimenz.govt.nz for all seafarer enquiries
operators@maritimenz.govt.nz for vessel related safety and certification
ship.registration@maritimenz.govt.nz for Part A and Part B registrations
exemptions.officer@maritimenz.govt.nz for all exemptions
enquiries@maritimenz.govt.nz for all other general enquiries

Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.

Contact us online

If you don't have email

We are still answering the phones but there may be a delay in our response times.

Seafarers
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111

Operators, vessel safety, ship registration, exemptions and all other commercial enquiries
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 22 55 22
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111

 

Our office and postal services

Our staff are working to provide services for you under the current COVID Alert Levels. Thank you for your patience.

Although we are still using our postal service, there will be a significant delay for processing incoming and outgoing mail. Also we may have to stop this service if changes to the Government's COVID response requires us to.