Check your health needs

To make the most of your studies, it’s important to manage your health from the start—even before you travel.

We recommend you:

  • get your health checked by your doctor before you leave for New Zealand
  • let us know important information about your current health and any additional health support you may need (whether physical, mental, emotional, etc) before you study in Wellington
  • review the requirements that New Zealand has in place to manage COVID-19
  • have your teeth thoroughly checked and treated before you leave your home country—dental treatment is generally not covered by StudentSafe University Insurance, and it can be very expensive.

Our goal is to provide you with the best quality support during your study, and this includes health, disability, and counselling needs. You can be sure that any information shared will be kept private and used only to determine the best way to support you and help you make decisions about your study, with your wellbeing in mind.

What to bring

To ensure we can provide you with best practice care during your studies, bring the following with you to New Zealand:

  • your medical notes (translated into English)
  • your specialist letters (translated into English)
  • a list of needed medications
  • optional: proof of COVID-19 vaccination. You are not required to be vaccinated to enter New Zealand, but check the vaccination requirements of your airline and any countries that you are transiting.

Not all medications available overseas are available here in New Zealand, so it is important that you consider this before you travel. Contact Mauri Ora to book an appointment with a New Zealand doctor (known as a General Practitioner or GP) well in advance to avoid interruption to your supply and to ensure safe arrangements can be made.

Bringing or importing controlled medicines into New Zealand

In New Zealand, licences are required to import and export controlled drugs, unless you are carrying them with you or in your belongings when entering or leaving New Zealand and you meet the requirements. Please ensure you have a copy of the original prescription from your Specialist or Physician and an accompanying letter from either stating that you have been prescribed this medicine to help manage your condition.

No more than 3 months supply can be imported. Before leaving your home country, we recommend contacting Medicines Control to find out how your medicine is classified by New Zealand Health authorities. You can find out more information here. For further information, please email Medicines Control.

Please note that there is a long wait nationally to access a Psychiatrist. Legally many controlled medications have to be endorsed by a Psychiatrist registered in New Zealand for the prescription to be valid. When you arrive in New Zealand, ensure you make an appointment with a local Psychiatrist. If you are running out of your medication while you are waiting:

  • Get your Physician in your home country to prescribe and have someone mail the medication to you.
  • The Physician will need to include a letter stating why they are prescribing the medicine and also a copy of the prescription.
  • Mauri Ora will also need to provide a letter stating why they are authorizing importation

Getting immunised

To protect yourself from preventable illness while you are studying, make sure you get fully immunised before you travel to New Zealand for:

  • measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • meningococcal ACWY
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • varicella (chicken pox) immunisation is also recommended.

If you cannot get immunised before you arrive, you can arrange this at Student Health, ideally before your classes start. There will be a cost for the meningococcal ACWY, pertussis, and varicella immunisations. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunisation is free.

We also recommend you get the flu vaccination when it is available at the start of winter. This is free for all students through Student Health.


COVID-19 is present in New Zealand. The New Zealand Government has put requirements in place to help protect people from COVID-19. You can read more about those requirements here.