Healthcare if you’re in NZ on a work visa
If you’re coming to NZ to work you'll need to make sure you’re covered if you have a health problem.
COVID-19 diagnosis, testing and treatment is free. This is irrespective of citizenship, visa status, nationality or medical insurance coverage.
Health care and insurance
You get access to the same publicly-funded medical treatment as Kiwis if you’re:
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has lived, or intends to live, in NZ for 2 years or more
- in NZ on a work visa that’s valid for 2 years or more — your work visa starts on your first day in NZ.
If you’re not, you’ll need to pay for all your medical care.
If you’re in an accident, your treatment is covered by ACC. This is comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all NZ residents and visitors.