When New Zealand's borders open

New Zealand's borders are reopening throughout 2022. Find out when travellers can enter New Zealand.

Latest update — 21 June 2022

  • You do not need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter New Zealand.
  • Most travellers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.
  • If you transit through New Zealand, you do not need to be vaccinated or complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Find out what you need to do to travel to New Zealand

Who can enter New Zealand now

The following people can enter New Zealand now from anywhere in the world and self-test on arrival:

  • vaccinated and unvaccinated New Zealand citizens
  • vaccinated and unvaccinated New Zealand residents
  • vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • unvaccinated Australian citizens who live in New Zealand
  • current temporary work and student visa holders with a valid visa who can still meet their visa requirements — this includes both visa holders currently offshore, and those in New Zealand who choose to travel overseas and wish to return
  • up to 5,000 international students, for semester 2
  • vaccinated travellers with a border exception
  • vaccinated travellers on a working holiday scheme
  • vaccinated travellers from countries who do not need a visa (visa waiver visitors)
  • vaccinated travellers from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa
  • other vaccinated eligible travellers under current border settings.

Who is eligible to travel to New Zealand under current border settings | Immigration NZ (external link)

Visa waiver countries and territories | Immigration NZ (external link)

Check if you need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel

Apply for an NZeTA | Immigration NZ (external link)

Visitor visa applications now open for some Pacific Island countries

You can apply for a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand from a Pacific Island Forum country.

The full list of Pacific Island Forum countries is available on Immigration NZ's website.

Travelling from the Pacific islands | Immigration NZ (external link)

Who can enter New Zealand later in 2022

From 4 July 2022

The following vaccinated people can apply to enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival:

  • travellers arriving under the Accredited Employer Work Visa categories
  • travellers applying for a Work Visa in New Zealand.

Accredited Employer Work Visa | Immigration NZ (external link)

From 11:59pm Sunday 31 July 2022

From 11:59pm Sunday 31 July, all visa categories including tourist, visitor and student visas will reopen for applications for travellers from anywhere in the world.

Cruise ships can also enter New Zealand from 31 July 2022, with the opening of the maritime border.

Health requirements

To enter New Zealand, you must meet some health requirements.

You must be vaccinated

Vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand

You must take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) on arrival

After you enter New Zealand you must do 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 and declare your results. Children under 6 months do not need to be tested. All positive RATs must be registered and followed up with a PCR test.

Testing requirements after arriving

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