Travel with Australia

Information on travelling between Australia and New Zealand.

Latest update — 1 May 2022

Our borders are reopening in stages 

  • Vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can now enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival.
  • Vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries, and visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival.

Visa waiver countries and territories | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

You must get a pre-departure test

All travellers from Australia must have a negative pre-departure test to enter New Zealand. There are very few exceptions.

Travellers will also be required to self-test on arrival.

Pre-departure testing requirements currently apply until 31 July 2022. The Government has indicated that pre-departure testing requirements may be removed before this date.

Pre-departure testing requirements

Plan before you travel

Before you travel, read our step-by-step guide to help you get the right documentation you need to enter New Zealand, and find out what to expect at the airport and after you arrive in New Zealand.

Preparing to travel to New Zealand

Check if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand

If you want to travel from Australia, you must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check now to see if you can travel.

Who can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Check if you need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) 

New Zealand and Australian citizens do not need one.

Apply for an NZeTA | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Before you travel

Read Immigration NZ's guidance for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Advice for Australian citizens and permanent residents who want to enter New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Get a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand

Most travellers must have a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test to enter New Zealand.

This includes people who begin their journey in New Zealand to travel to Australia, and then return to New Zealand — no matter how long you are in Australia for.

You need a test even if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, have recently recovered from  COVID-19 or if you are self-testing on arrival. Plan when to get your test and results as they must be:

  • no more than 24 hours before you depart if you have a supervised RAT or supervised LAMP test, or
  • no more than 48 hours before you depart if you have a PCR test.

If you are making a short visit to Australia, this may mean you have to get a test soon after you arrive in Australia.

If your pre-departure test documentation does not contain the required information, or is not in the required format, you may be prevented from boarding your flight to New Zealand.

Pre-departure testing requirements to enter New Zealand

You must meet vaccination requirements

If you are a New Zealand citizen, resident or an Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand

You do not need to be vaccinated. You can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival.

How to travel to New Zealand when you are self-testing after arrival

If you are not a New Zealand citizen or resident

If you are not a New Zealand citizen or resident and you are aged 17 years or over, you must be vaccinated with approved vaccines to enter New Zealand. You will need to provide proof of your vaccination status.

Some people are exempt from the vaccination requirements. 

Vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand

If you do not meet vaccination requirements

If you do not meet the vaccination requirements, you will not be able to enter New Zealand.

Complete the traveller declaration

All travellers must complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration before travelling to New Zealand and be issued a New Zealand Traveller Pass.

You can start your declaration 28 days before you travel. 

You will need to provide:

  • your passport details
  • flight information
  • proof of vaccination — if you are not a New Zealand citizen or resident, or an Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand
  • proof of a negative pre-departure test (if you need one)
  • your travel history for the last 14 days
  • your contact details in New Zealand
  • emergency contact details.

You should submit your declaration as soon as you have your pre-departure test result, so there is time to verify and review your documents before your flight.

You need to show your Traveller Pass when you check-in at the airport, and to Customs when you arrive in New Zealand. It can be printed out or saved on your mobile device.

Complete your traveller declaration (external link)

Take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after you arrive

You will be given a welcome pack at Biosecurity once you have gone through Customs.

Your welcome pack has:

  • rapid antigen test (RAT) kits
  • a guide to testing.

Take your RAT test as instructed on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6.

Children under 6 months do not need to be tested.

You must report your RATs results — even if they are negative. You will receive an email with details on how to report your RATs results into the New Zealand health system.

Testing requirements after arriving in New Zealand

Travelling to Australia

All visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption.

Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.

Everyone travelling to Australia by air must complete the Digital Passenger Declaration.

Travelling to Australia | australia.gov.au (external link)

More information about the Digital Passenger Declaration  (external link)

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