Travel to New Zealand by sea

New Zealand’s maritime border is fully open. Find out how to enter New Zealand by sea.

Latest update — 13 September 2022

  • You do not need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter New Zealand.
  • Please check with your travel provider — for example  your cruise operator, as they may still require proof of vaccination.
  • You do not need to complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.
  • You do not need to take any COVID-19 tests when you arrive.

Vessels that can enter New Zealand

The following vessels can enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world:

  • foreign registered commercial vessels such as freight or cargo ships
  • fishing vessels
  • specialist vessels used in research and exploration
  • foreign-state vessels with diplomatic status
  • ferries returning to New Zealand after repair or maintenance
  • recreational vessels — including yachts, super yachts and small craft
  • cruise ships.

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