Ships arriving from overseas need to receive health clearance (pratique) from Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service before they arrive. Ships also require a Ship Sanitation Certificate which must be renewed ever six months. Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service are responsible for issuing these certificates in New Zealand.

Most commercial flight arriving in New Zealand are deemed to automatically have health clearance, but the Captain must alert Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service if there is am infectious disease risk on board.

Unscheduled flights such as private jets must also alert Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service, of the health status on board.

Quarantine procedures are designed to:

  • stop the importation of diseases – carried by animals, air, water or food – to New Zealand
  • assess the health of aircraft and ship crew and international travellers
  • reduce the international spread of diseases, particularly diseases carried by animals
  • restricts the activities of people and animals that have been exposed to an infectious disease during the period when the disease was contagious