Are there any required vaccines to travel to New Zealand?

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There are no required vaccines to enter the country, either as a visitor or with a work visa. In the second case, along with your application you will be asked to provide a couple of medical tests and in some cases a chest X-Ray (but only if you come from a high incidence TB country).


If you're just visiting, odds are you'll be fine. However, there is a small risk of contracting Hepatitis A from contaminated drinking water, and Hep B from sexual contact, needles/tattoos and the like. You'll also want your regular shots to be up-to-date - tetanus, MMR, polio and so on.

More information is available on the CDC website's page for New Zealand.

However, as with all medicine, DO consult with a medical professional before choosing to take/reject medicine.

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    I'm moving to NZ. Some countries require vaccines in order to enter the country, so I was asking about this - health regulamentation -, not about recommendation. But thanks for the info, anyways!
    – Roberto
    Commented Aug 24, 2013 at 3:59
  • @Roberto Moving is a different story, and off-topic for this site (immigration/expat question). You'll be told as part of the immigration process which ones you're required (I moved to NZ in 1994) - usually it's MMR, Hep A/B and maybe one or two others.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 1:57
  • Thank you. I got the visa already, but couldn't find this information.
    – Roberto
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 23:05

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