Travel with the Pacific Islands

Information on travelling to New Zealand from the Pacific Islands.

Latest update — 11 May 2022

From 16 May 2022, travellers from some Pacific countries can apply for a visitor visa to enter New Zealand.

You can find more information on the Immigration NZ site. 

Travelling from the Pacific Islands | immigration.govt.nz (external link) 

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 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:

Travelling from the Pacific islands | 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)

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.

Proof of vaccination for travel to New Zealand

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. 

Complete your traveller declaration(external link) (external link)

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.

Testing requirements after arriving in New Zealand

Travelling to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand

If you want to travel to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand, you will need to:

  • check the immigration requirements of your destination
  • check you meet any vaccination or pre-departure testing requirements

If you are unsure if you can travel, contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you are travelling to.

Foreign embassies in New Zealand | mfat.govt.nz (external link)

We also encourage you to register with SafeTravel. If you register, you will receive notification of any changes made to travel advice.

Register your details with SafeTravel (external link)

Advice if you are leaving New Zealand

Travelling to the Cook Islands from New Zealand

You can travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands without having to go into managed isolation or self-isolation when you arrive. This is called quarantine-free travel.

Normal immigration rules still apply.

Check what you need to do to travel to the Cook Islands (external link)

Travelling to Niue from New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel between Niue and New Zealand is one-way only.

The Government of Niue is preparing for quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Niue, but there is no confirmed date for this yet.

The Niue Government must approve all people who want to travel to Niue.

To find out if you can travel to Niue from New Zealand, visit the Niue Government website or email Niue.SecGov@mail.gov.nu

More information about Niue border restrictions (external link)

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