Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand

Most travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test to enter New Zealand. Find out more about New Zealand's pre-departure testing requirements.

Latest update

Pre-departure testing requirements still currently apply

The Government has confirmed they expect to remove pre-departure testing requirements no later than 31 July 2022.

We recommend you check this page at least a week before your international flight to New Zealand, in case testing requirements have changed.

Pre-departure test checklist

1. Depending on which country you are travelling from, you may need to get a pre-departure test. Pre-departure testing requirements apply even if you are vaccinated.

Check if you need a pre-departure test

2. Some people do not need to get a pre-departure test.

Who does not need a pre-departure test

3. Make sure you know what type of test you can get and when to get it.

Types of pre-departure tests

4. Find a testing provider. Your test results must meet New Zealand Government standards.

What your test results should include

5. If you have recently had COVID-19, you will also need to get a medical certificate to confirm you are no longer infectious.

6. Upload your test results to the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Complete the Traveller Declaration (external link)

Check if you need a pre-departure test


Make sure your test results meet the requirements

Your test results must meet NZ Government standards. Your test results may not be accepted if you do not have the right documentation.

Approved pre-departure tests are:

  • a PCR test no more than 48 hours before your first international flight to New Zealand
  • a supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test no more than 24 hours before your first international flight to New Zealand.

More information about testing and documentation requirements


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