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.
Check if you are eligible to enter New Zealand
New Zealand's borders are reopening in stages throughout 2022.
People coming from most Pacific countries need to be eligible to travel here.
Eligible travellers include:
- New Zealand citizens or residents
- Australian citizens or permanent residents
- people who have a border exception, or
- people who are exempt from the border restrictions.
If you are not sure if you can enter New Zealand, find out at Immigration NZ:
Check if you need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
New Zealand and Australian citizens do not need one.
Confirm your vaccination status
If you are aged 17 years or over, and you are not a New Zealand citizen, resident, or an Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand — you must be vaccinated with an approved vaccine to enter New Zealand.
Some airlines may have additional vaccination requirements. Check with your airline before you fly.
Check if you need a pre-departure test
Use this tool to find out if you need a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand.
You must meet some health requirements
If you are travelling from a country where you do not need to self-test on arrival in New Zealand, you must meet the following conditions to travel to New Zealand:
- You must have been in your country of origin or another Pacific country from which travellers to New Zealand are not required to self-test on arrival, including New Zealand, for at least 14 days before you travel. If this is not possible, you will be required to self-test for COVID-19 when you arrive.
- If you transit any other country and go landside on your way to New Zealand, you will be required to meet the public health requirements for travellers from that country.
- You have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, have no COVID-19 symptoms, and are not waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
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 required to be vaccinated
- 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 will 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.
If you do not need to get a pre-departure test
If you do not need to get a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand, select that you are exempt in the the pre-departure test section of the Traveller Declaration. This will allow you to have your Traveller Pass issued without uploading pre-departure testing documentation.
Transit rules for travellers who do not need to self-test on arrival
If you are travelling from a country where you do not need to self-test on arrival in New Zealand, you should take a direct flight to New Zealand.
If there are no direct flights, you should transit through another Pacific country from which travellers to New Zealand are not required to self-test on arrival. If this is not possible, you will be required to self-test for COVID-19 when you arrive.
You must also:
- have been in your country of origin or another Pacific country from which travellers to New Zealand are not required to self-test on arrival, including New Zealand, for at least 14 days before you travel
- meet vaccination requirements, and
- meet all the health requirements for New Zealand arrivals when you get here.
When you arrive in New Zealand
Most travellers must take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after they arrive in New Zealand.
Travellers arriving from Niue do not need to self-test on arrival if they have taken a direct flight to New Zealand.
If you are self-testing
If you are required to self-test on arrival, 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.
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