If you need written confirmation of your COVID-19 vaccination for international travel, you can request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate from the Ministry of Health.(external link)

You can request an international travel vaccination certificate in 3 ways

  • Online through My Covid record
  • Over the phone
  • In person at a pharmacy

The International travel vaccination(external link) certificate web page has details

About your International Travel Vaccination Certificate

Anyone 12 years and over who has had any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in New Zealand can request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate.

The details included on your International Travel Vaccination Certificate must match your passport. You can review your personal details when you request the certificate. If you need to change your details to match your passport, instructions on how to do this will be available.

These certificates comply with EU Digital COVID Certificate standards. Some countries may have different requirements. Before travelling, please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to.

You will also need to follow all the usual immigration processes for the country you wish to enter. Additional steps, such as having a negative pre-departure test, may also be required.

The letter includes the personal information we hold about your vaccination in the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR), and your personal details which are linked to your National Health Index (NHI) number.   

For some people, the personal details included in your letter might not match those in your passport.

If your legal name is different to what’s attached to your NHI number, you can ask you healthcare provider to update your NHI information. You’ll need to show your healthcare provider identification.

Your International Travel Vaccination Certificate will have a QR code that will be scanned when you are travelling. It will include details of the COVID-19 vaccinations you have had administered in New Zealand.

You can save this certificate on a digital device, like your phone, or print a physical copy.

This certificate is valid for 12 months.

Vaccination confirmation letters

If you have already received a vaccination confirmation letter you can still use this for international travel, but we recommend you request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate through My Covid Record to ensure the country you are travelling to recognises your proof of vaccination status.

Vaccination confirmation letters and Privacy Act requests(external link)

Timeframes

The MOH website states they aim to respond to all requests within 20 working days, but it may take longer due to the present demand.

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