Napier Port COVID-19 Update: Additional Maritime Border Protocols

The health and safety of our people, our port users and our wider community continue to be Napier Port’s highest priority as we navigate the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of recent events, Napier Port is implementing additional protocols to protect our maritime border and manage the potential risks associated with COVID-19. Effective from Friday 6 November, the following border measures will be in place:

  • All vessels, seafarers and other people arriving into the Napier Pilotage Area who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 shall be required to self-isolate onboard the vessel, at anchor, and test negative for COVID-19 on day 12 before the vessel is approved to berth on day 15 at Napier Port.
  • Seafarers and other people travelling to New Zealand (by aircraft) to join a vessel berthed at Napier Port shall be required to complete 14 days in a managed isolation facility and test negative for COVID-19 on day 12 before being able to leave the facility on day 15 and proceed to embark a vessel berthed at Napier Port.

    Managed isolation bookings and payment are the responsibility of the shipping agent, with proof of a completed 14-day isolation period and negative test for all crew members required by Napier Port in writing prior to entry.

    If the above 14-day criteria cannot be met, Napier Port will grant an exception for crew members arriving internationally to embark their vessel berthed at the port after cargo completion. This exception will only be granted if all arriving crew members remain isolated from our Pilot on departure from Napier and the vessel is confirmed to be departing New Zealand at that time.

  • The above protocol does not apply to New Zealand coastal vessels or vessels operated by the New Zealand Defence Force.

Please note, it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and/or a local District Health Board’s Public Health Unit to confirm and contact any close contacts in New Zealand. As per the Ministry of Health guidelines, anyone who has been told that they are a close contact will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact with the case while they were considered infectious.

We acknowledge that these restrictions are an inconvenience to vessel crews, shipping lines and exporters, however, we believe these measures are required to better manage the risks that COVID-19 poses to all people involved in the ship/shore interface and the wider community. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and local authorities to protect our maritime border.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this matter. If there are any questions or concerns with the contents of this advisory, please contact us via email or phone:

Adam Harvey: or +64 275 067 505
David Kriel: or +64 272 418 295