International travel

Advice if you're planning international travel.

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Border entry restrictions

The New Zealand Government has made further travel restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. New Zealand's borders are closed for entry to almost all travellers.

New Zealand citizens and residents may return but will be subject to restrictions upon entry. No other foreign traveller can now enter New Zealand.

Information for imminent or recent arrivals

More information on travel visas

Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand.

List of exceptions from Immigration New Zealand (external link)

If you’re transiting through New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has entered into transit arrangements with a range of countries to make it easier for each other’s citizens to get home. Transit agreements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ.

Current transit arrangements from Immigration NZ (external link)

Leaving New Zealand

New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to “do not travel” — the highest level — regardless of destination.

It's also urging any New Zealanders currently travelling overseas to return home while commercial options remain available.

There are extensive border restrictions in place around the world and increasingly limited transport options.

New Zealanders are advised to register their details with SafeTravel, in order to receive notification of any changes made to travel advice.

Register your details with SafeTravel (external link)

All travellers should consult the official website of the country they wish to enter or transit, or that country's diplomatic representative in their country of departure, before travelling. They should also contact their travel insurance provider.

Foreign nationals

As the global situation changes, and more borders close, it will become harder to travel. 

Foreign nationals can use international air services to travel home.

Foreign nationals in New Zealand can now take domestic flights in order to connect with commercial, or chartered, international flights to their home country.

Criteria for taking a domestic flight to connect with an international flight

Don't go to the airport unless you have a ticket. If you don't have ticket contact a travel agent or airline directly. If you're unable to secure a ticket please contact your country embassy.

How to get home guide and other information (external link)

If you're unable to return home immediately — check your visa

We're sympathetic to individuals who are currently in New Zealand and are unable to return to their home at the moment.

Travellers with a temporary visa due to expire between 1 April and 9 July 2020 will have their visas extended to late September. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.

More information on Travel visas

Accommodation for international travellers in New Zealand

The Government is providing temporary accommodation to those required to self-isolate who are unable to do so in their own homes or are travellers visiting New Zealand and don't already have suitable self-isolation accommodation arranged.

There's a cost for temporary accommodation and the Government will work with each individual or household who uses the service on how to meet this cost.

How to get temporary accommodation (external link)

Consular assistance for foreign nationals

If you require assistance, you can contact your embassy, high commission or consular representative.

Find an embassy or foreign representative to New Zealand (external link)

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