When New Zealand's borders open

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

Latest update — 11 May 2022

  • New Zealand’s border is reopening to all tourists and visa holders from 11:59pm 31 July 2022. 
  • Vaccinated travellers arriving under the Accredited Employer Work Visa category can apply to enter New Zealand from 4 July 2022. 
  • All other visa categories  including those on visitor and student visas can apply to enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world from 31 July 2022. 
  • Cruise ships can enter New Zealand from 31 July 2022, with the opening of the maritime border  

Travellers will still need to meet all health requirements to enter New Zealand, including vaccination requirements and providing proof of a negative pre-departure test. 

Pre-departure testing requirements currently apply until 31 July 2022. The Government has indicated that pre-departure testing requirements may be removed before this date.

Who is eligible to travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link) 

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.govt.nz (external link)

Visa waiver countries and territories | immigration.govt.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.govt.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.govt.nz (external link)

From 11:59pm Sunday 31 July 2022

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

You must be vaccinated to enter New Zealand, and have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before your first international flight.

Preparing to travel to New Zealand

If you are unvaccinated or do not meet vaccination requirements

Most travellers must be vaccinated to enter New Zealand. If you do not meet the vaccination requirements, you are not able to enter New Zealand — unless you are exempt or do not need to have proof of vaccination.

Travellers who do not need proof of vaccination

You do not need to have proof of vaccination if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen
  • have a New Zealand residence class visa
  • are an Australian citizen living in New Zealand
  • are aged 16 years or under
  • cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons — you will need electronic or paper evidence from a health practitioner
  • are a refugee arriving in New Zealand for the first time
  • are a citizen of Afghanistan and you are being evacuated
  • are arriving from Antarctica
  • have been granted a visa under the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa Policy; or if you are or were ordinarily resident in Ukraine at any point on or after 1 January 2022

Vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand

New Zealand residence class visas | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Vaccination exemptions

Some travellers may be able to get an exemption if they are travelling to New Zealand from a country with no, or limited access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

You will need to apply to the Ministry of Health for an exemption, along with evidence of why you need one. The Director-General of Health will decide if you can get an exemption. 

Check if you might qualify for an exemption, and apply at the Ministry of Health.

Apply for an exemption | health.govt.nz (external link)

Health requirements

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

You must provide a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test

 Get a pre-departure test

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 

If you are travelling from the Pacific Islands

Travellers from some Pacific island countries are not required to get a pre-departure test or test on arrival.

Travel with the Pacific Islands

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