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Last updated : Nov 2009
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Yellow Fever No No
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio No Not applicable
Malaria No Not applicable
 
Health care

Both public and private Medical facilities are of a high standard. There are telephone numbers for hospitals and doctors listed at the front of local telephone directories. If visitors are in need of drugs or pharmaceutical supplies outside regular shopping hours, they should look for the location of the nearest pharmacy under ‘Urgent Pharmacies’ in the local telephone directory. Another option is to check with hotels, as many have doctors on call.

Long term visitors with a valid permit to stay for 2 or more years are entitled to the same health care services as New Zealand citizens. New Zealand has a shared health agreement with the UK, which allows the short term British visitors to publicly funded health treatment. British citizens will receive funded treatment in hospital, but must pay the charges for any outpatients and private doctors. Medical insurance is advised to cover the additional charges.

Food and Drink

The tap water is considered safe to drink. Dairy products are also considered safe for consumption and milk is pasturised. Local vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry, and meat are mainly considered safe to eat.

Other risks

There is only 1 poisonous creature and this is the very rare katipo spider.
There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand.
Sand flies are only common in Fiordland, but are easily controlled with insect repellent.
Useful travel links
CDC official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
No jet lag all about jet lag. What is it who gets it
SOS international SOS
WHO the official site of the World Health Organization