Self-isolation and staying at home

Self-isolation and staying at home are strategies to avoid close contact with other people. Doing so will help protect you, your family and all of New Zealand against COVID-19.

Who needs to self-isolate?

  • If you have been overseas in the past 14 days, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure or contact. This means you need to stay at home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. Read more about self-isolation
  • If you are self-isolating, register with Healthline online  
  • After you have finished your 14-day self-isolation, you need to follow the staying at home advice given below for all New Zealanders.
  • Key steps for staying at home and reducing the risk to those around you are at COVID19.govt.nz 
  • If you develop symptoms of fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and seek medical advice by phoning your GP or calling Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453.

Who needs to stay at home?

All New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick.


You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2-metre distance from people at all times. You can take your children outside.


Food will always be available – production will continue, distribution will continue, supermarkets will continue. You will always have access to food.


Medicines will always be available.


Healthcare for those that need it will be available.


Your usual financial support, like benefits, will continue as normal.


Remember, whatever you do must be solitary. We're asking that you only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with, and keep your distance from all others at all times.


We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.


Where can I get financial support?

The Government is acting to support New Zealanders through these changes with an updated package that has been expanded now we have escalated our response. This includes:

  • a wage subsidy scheme 
  • leave and self-isolation support 
  • business cash flow and tax measures. 

Your usual financial support, such as benefits, will continue.

Find out more about COVID-19 financial support on the Work and Income website 


See the Government's dedicated COVID-19 website for information on:

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team, based on Ministry of Health information.