The Advance Notice of Arrival (ANA) form needs to be completed by the owner/master of the vessel and submitted at least 48 hours before arrival in New Zealand territorial waters – 12 nautical miles.
The ANA is a legal requirement and the owner/master is liable to prosecution for not submitting the ANA in the required timeframe and for not providing the ANA in the specified form and manner.
Submitting the ANA
- For commercial vessels and cruise ships, the form must be completed in full and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- For recreational vessels, yachts and small craft, the form must be emailed to email@example.com
- NZCS 344 - New Zealand border agencies Advance Notice of Arrival (DOC 342 KB) – commercial vessels and cruise ships
- NZCS 340: Advance Notice of Arrival (DOC 284 KB) – recreational vessels, yachts and small craft
Maritime Declaration of Health
A Maritime Declaration of Health must be completed by all first porting vessels, even if there is no illness on board. The Maritime Declaration of Health must be completed by the master of the vessel and countersigned by the ship’s surgeon if there is one. It should be completed and provided to the Medical Officer of Health or a Health Protection Officer when the No Change of Health Status Report is submitted. In practice, completed Maritime Declarations of Health are often sent to the vessel’s agent for forwarding to health authorities.
Any illness reported on the Maritime Declaration of Health should have been declared on the Advance Notice of Arrival.
Further information about the Maritime Declaration of Health, including the forms can be found on the
Maritime Declaration of Health page on The Ministry of Health website.
Form for all vessels arriving in New Zealand.
- No Change of Health Status Report for Health Pratique form (Word, 45 KB)
Updated: 25 February 2022
Further information about the Pratique process can be found here: Requirements for Ships to Receive Pratique.
SITREP from Vessel Master to National Public Health Service (NPHS) for cruise vessels
If on arrival, or during the course of the vessel journey around New Zealand, cases of infectious disease (eg, COVID-19) are identified on board a cruise vessel, the master of the vessel is required to report this to the National Public Health Services (NPHS) via a Situation Report (SITREP).
The master or other officer is required to provide daily SITREPS if COVID-19 is on board a vessel, regardless of the number of cases.
The SITREP form below must be completed in full and emailed to the next port of call. The SITREP includes NPHS contact details.
People testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for at least 7 days. If the person has any new or worsening symptoms after 7 days, they are expected to stay in self-isolation until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve.
The ship remains the primary place for a maritime arrival to isolate if they are COVID-positive. In specific situations, COVID-19 cases self-isolating may be permitted to disembark the vessel, for example, to undertake essential permitted movements or to move to another place of self-isolation that is not a ship.
COVID-19 cases who are isolating on a ship (other than a cruise ship) are also permitted to leave the ship to undertake an essential task. In doing so, they will be required under clause 13 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Self-isolation Requirements) Order 2022 to take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. This includes by remaining as close as is reasonably practicable to the ship; maintaining physical distancing and wearing PPE while performing essential tasks.