Domestic flights for foreign nationals returning home

Foreign nationals in New Zealand can now drive, or take domestic flights, in order to connect with commercial, or chartered, international flights to their home

Foreign nationals in New Zealand can now drive, take private or public land transport, or take domestic flights, in order to connect with commercial, or chartered, international flights to their home country.

Scheduled domestic flights will be available from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson.

Ferries are not available, and those needing to move between islands should take flights if available.

There are several criteria that foreign nationals must meet in order to drive or take land transport to an international airport, or take a domestic flight within New Zealand while we are under Alert Level 4:

  • You must hold a ticket for an international flight
  • If you are taking a domestic flight, you must have a ticket booked for an international flight leaving Auckland or Christchurch scheduled to depart no more than 24 hours from the scheduled departure time of your connecting domestic flight
  • You must have the right to transit through all countries on your itinerary
  • You must be able to drive, take public or private land transport, or a taxi or ride-share service
  • You must travel by the most direct route possible.

And you must meet the following public health criteria, and will be questioned before travelling:

  1. Are not diagnosed with COVID-19 (or have been declared as recovered by a medical doctor)
  2. Do not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  3. Are not awaiting results for COVID19 testing
  4. Are not a close contact of a suspected/probable/confirmed case of COVID-19, and,
  5. Have not travelled internationally within the last 14 days.

If you meet these criteria you can make a domestic flight booking, or drive or take private or public land transport to connect to your international flight.

Information on acceptable travel options to the airport

Any foreign national who does not meet those criteria should continue to shelter in place in their current location.

If you fail to meet these criteria you will not be able to take your international flight and may have to go into quarantine or managed self-isolation.

Foreign nationals who require more information or support should contact their country’s embassy or consulate. Chartered flights will be organised and ticketed through foreign missions.

Information about embassies on the MFAT website (external link)(external link) (external link)

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