Whether moving to New Zealand temporarily or as a resident, most visas will require you to demonstrate that you have an acceptable standard of health. As a rule of thumb, you must provide a medical certificate if you’ll be staying in New Zealand for more than 12 months or if you are applying for residence.
Any health issues must be declared in your application, right from the start.
If applying for residence, each family member included in the application must also provide a General Medical Certificate and a Chest X-ray Certificate when the residence application is lodged with Immigration New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand considers you to have an acceptable standard of health if you are:
To get a first impression of whether your standard of health might be considered acceptable under this policy see below: When will a medical waiver not be granted?
If any of the listed criteria below apply for you or your family, please ask us whether you will be able to satisfy the minimum health requirements.
How can you show that you have an acceptable standard of health?
To show that you have an acceptable standard of health you will have to obtain a General Medical Certificate and a Chest X-ray Certificate and submit with your application.
Does everybody need to provide a Chest X-ray?
Children under 11 years of age and pregnant women are not required to have an X-ray, unless a special report is needed.
Where can you get a medical certificate?
You have to see a recognised medical practitioner to obtain your medical clearance.
In New Zealand any medical practitioner holding a current annual practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Medical Council may conduct the medical examination and complete the medical certificate.
In most countries outside New Zealand, there is a panel of medical practitioners, called panel doctors, or institutions which must be used for your medical examination.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has now established eMedical in New Zealand. A total of 133 New Zealand-based medical and radiology clinics are now able to use the electronic health processing tool to record immigration medical examinations.
A General Medical Certificate, Limited Medical Certificate, or a Chest X-ray Certificate (and associated reports) must be less than three months old at the time you lodge your application.
However, there are a few exceptions, too numerous to list here. Please ask one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers, if you want to know further details.
What will Immigration New Zealand do with information about your health?
When you have submitted your visa application, Immigration New Zealand will assess your health status, using the information that you have provided in your application form and your medical certificates.
In some cases, your immigration case officer may refer your medical certificates to an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor for advice.
What happens if you do not have an acceptable standard of health?
If you or any family member included in your application do not have an acceptable standard of health, your application will be declined, unless Immigration New Zealand will grant you a medical waiver.
You will not be able to obtain a medical waiver, if you or any family member included in your application:
If you have any health problems and think that you might have difficulties demonstrating that you have an acceptable standard of health, please talk to one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. They are experienced in assisting our clients with applying for medical waivers.
To find out more about your chances, please go back to our Quick Self-Check Guide.