Summary of Terms

Health requirements for residence in New Zealand

To be able to gain residence in New Zealand we need to be assured that you and any family members with you have an acceptable standard of health.  We impose this requirement to protect public health in New Zealand and to ensure that people entering New Zealand do not impose excessive costs and demands on our health and special education services. We also want to make sure, where applicable, that people who enter New Zealand are able to undertake the functions for which they have been granted entry.


Generally, we will not approve people for residence in New Zealand if they:

  • require dialysis treatment
  • have tuberculosis (TB)
  • have severe haemophilia
  • have a physical, intellectual, cognitive and/or sensory incapacity that requires full-time care, including care in the community. 

Note: Skilled Migrants who submit an Expression of Interest will not go into the Pool if they have one of the conditions listed above.


We will consider that people have an unacceptable standard of health for residence in New Zealand and may decline their application for residence on this basis if they:

  • are likely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services or special education services
  • are not able to undertake the work on the basis of which you are applying for a visa, or which is a requirement for the grant of the visa (unless you are sponsored for residence by a person who holds refugee status in New Zealand).


Note: The conditions listed at A4.10.1 of the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual are considered to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services or special education services.


Each applicant for residence, including those invited to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, must complete a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF. This includes each member of your family coming to New Zealand (including children). 


Partners and dependent children for New Zealand citizens and residents may be required to provide a Limited Medical Certificate (INZ1201) rather than a General Medical Certificate (INZ1007) if they meet the appropriate criteria. 


If you have provided medical and chest X-ray certificates already in the last 36 months you may not need to provide new certificates. 


Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 years are not required to submit the chest X-ray certificate unless a special report is required.


For full details on health requirements, see our Health Requirements Leaflet (NZIS 1121) PDF.