Information on Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu

04 May 2009

All operations at Auckland Airport are continuing.


Passengers arriving on inbound international flights may be delayed in processing due to additional border screening requirements which have been issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Health (MOH).

All flights are being met on arrival by health officers and passengers are being screened for influenza.

In-flight announcements are being made prior to landing. Arriving passengers with symptoms similar to the seasonal flu (including headache, chills and cough, followed by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and sore throat), will be asked to notify their air crew before they land in New Zealand. They will then be met by a health officer on arrival and screened for influenza.

If passengers have suspected influenza, they will be offered treatment and advised to remain isolated until test results are available. Transit passengers with symptoms will be potentially isolated.

An information flyer is available for all arriving passengers, including what to do if you fall ill after arrival.

All international passengers will be asked to complete a MOH passenger locator card. This ensures health authorities can contact passengers while they are in New Zealand.


Niue has requested exit screening of passengers departing New Zealand to Niue. Passengers boarding the weekly flight to Niue that exhibit symptoms during check-in will be asked not to board the flight. All other passengers will be given information.

For all other international departures there are currently no additional requirements. Please check for latest advice on your destination.

Working at or near Auckland Airport

Workers in and around Auckland Airport should adopt normal precautions for minimising the risk of infection from influenza. Specifically; wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. If possible, avoid direct contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever and cough. Keep your own coughs and sneezes covered and wash your hands afterwards, stay home if you are sick, and practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food and keeping physically active.

Further information

The MOH website is the recommended resource for up-to-date information, see or phone the New Zealand MOH Healthline for public enquiries - national freephone 0800 611 116

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