Medical and eyesight requirements for seafarers

You need to prove that your medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards if you are applying for or renewing a certificate of competency or proficiency, or if you want to use your ring-fenced certificate.

On this page:

Requirements for ring-fenced certificates

If you’re one of the seafarers who ring-fenced their ticket(s), you will also need a medical certificate to keep working. The medical certificate will be due two years from the date your verification card was issued. You will get a reminder from MNZ before it's due.

When it’s time, here’s what you need to do:

It’s that simple

Requirements for national certificates

To apply for or renew a national certificate of competency or proficiency, you need to prove that your medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards. For national certificates any GP can conduct a medical examination.

Print out this certificate to take along to the GP:

CERTIFICATE of Medical Fitness - National or Ring-fenced seafarers[PDF: 101kB, 1 page]

Information on what is covered in a medical is set out in this guidance document

GUIDANCE medical fitness – National or Ring-fenced seafarers[PDF: 323kB, 16 pages]


Looking for a GP

The medical examination for any national certificate may be conducted by any New Zealand registered GP.

Search the list of registered doctors on the Medical Council of New Zealand website: Medical Council of New Zealand
[www.mcnc.org.nz]


Find an optometrist

If you are applying for a new Deck certificate then you’ll need to have an eyesight and colour vision test conducted by a registered optometrist.

If you require an eyesight test by a registered optometrist, search the Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board’s online register.

You can search the register for optometrists by name or location:
Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board
[www.odob.health.nz]


Requirements for STCW or STCW-F certificates

To apply for or renew an STCW or STCW-F certificate of competency or proficiency, you need to prove that your medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards. For an STCW or STCW-F certificate the medical examination must be conducted by an approved medical practitioner.

Looking for an approved Medical Practitioner?

Approved GPs


This guide sets out what is involved in a medical examination:
GUIDANCE medical fitness STCW or STCW-F[PDF: 216Kb, 17 pages]

There is a particular form used:
Medical Exam FORM for STCW or STCW-F seafarers[PDF: 195Kb, 5 pages]

This is the certificate:
CERTIFICATE of Medical Fitness - STCW or STCW-F seafarers[PDF: 130kB, 1 page]


Find an optometrist

If you are applying for a new Deck certificate then you’ll need to have an eyesight and colour vision test conducted by a registered optometrist.

If you require an eyesight test by a registered optometrist, search the Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board’s online register.

You can search the register for optometrists by name or location:
Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board
[www.odob.health.nz]


Fees and charges

View all our fees and charges for providing services and activities in the maritime sector
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Get help

For more information, contact the Seafarer Certification team:

Phone:

New Zealand (toll free):
0508 225 522

Call us now

Email:

seafarers@maritimenz.govt.nz

Post:

Seafarer Certification, Maritime New Zealand, PO Box 25620, Wellington 6146

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