Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but do need to scan in, and wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at RED according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
23 January 2022

The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  1. All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  2. If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  3. All visitors must wear a surgical/medical mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable
  4. All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  5. Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  6. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information:


Please get vaccinated, get tested if you are sick, and plan ahead. Protect yourself and wear a mask, and please protect our community and health care system.

If people get sick with COVID-19, most will be cared for at home with support from Primary Care teams. If you need to go to hospital we plan to care for most COVID-19 patients at Christchurch Hospital where there is ICU support available.

If you are concerned about any COVID-19 symptoms you are experiencing, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or call your own GP team.

COVID-19 Readiness Checklist [PDF, 121 KB]Unite against COVID-19 website Ministry of Health website

COVID-19 care in the community

Care in the Community is a national framework developed by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the health and disability and welfare sector. 

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COVID-19 cases

Active and recovered COVID-19 cases in... read more about COVID-19 cases»

COVID-19 news

News about COVID-19 and health services in Canterbury.

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COVID-19 tests

How and where to get COVID-19 tests in Canterbury

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COVID-19 vaccinations

Information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Canterbury and the Chatham Islands

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Visiting hospital services in Canterbury

Information about hospital visiting restrictions such as wearing masks and scanning in.

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