Leaving New Zealand

Many borders around the world are closed to people who are not citizens and permanent residents of that country.

Plan before you travel

Before travelling overseas we recommend you check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. Check:

  • the official website of the country you wish to enter or transit, or
  • that country’s diplomatic representative in New Zealand.

Many countries require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, or have a negative COVID-19 test result before they can travel.

Travel advice for New Zealanders

Do not travel

New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time.

The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to “do not travel” — the highest level — regardless of destination.

Travel advice at SafeTravel (external link)

The New Zealand Government is urging any New Zealanders currently travelling overseas to register with SafeTravel. If you register, you will receive notification of any changes made to travel advice.

Register your details with SafeTravel (external link)

New Zealanders overseas

Travel advice for foreign nationals

If you are a foreign national travelling in New Zealand, we recommend you consider returning home as soon as you are able to.

Advice for foreign nationals in New Zealand

Travel to Australia

You can travel from New Zealand to some states in Australia without needing to quarantine there if you:

  • have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and have not been in a designated hotspot, and
  • are travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.

If you want to avoid quarantine, you can only travel to:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory, or
  • Victoria.

If you want to travel on to other states or territories, you will have to check what you need to do before you travel. Some states or territories may require you to quarantine when you arrive.

The Australian Government has more information on:

  • designated hotspots and if there are any in New Zealand
  • quarantine-free flights
  • whether you need a visa to enter Australia
  • travel exemptions if you have been in New Zealand for less than 14 days.

Guidance on travelling between New Zealand and Australia from the Australian Government (external link)

Travelling back to New Zealand

If you plan to travel back to New Zealand after your trip to Australia, you will need to enter managed isolation or quarantine when you arrive back. You may be charged for your stay. Before booking your flights, you need to register for a voucher to secure your place in a managed isolation facility.

Managed isolation and quarantine in New Zealand (external link)

Limited places in managed isolation

Spaces in managed isolation are extremely limited pre-Christmas, but may become available as travel plans change. We recommend you regularly check the Managed Isolation Allocation System website for your preferred date.

Managed Isolation Allocation System (external link)

Request an emergency allocation

Space in managed isolation is extremely limited. An emergency allocation process exists for limited situations that require urgent travel to New Zealand within the next 7 days.

You can request an emergency allocation if:

  • you are legally entitled to enter New Zealand under our current border settings
  • your travel is time-critical — within the next 7 days
  • you have registered in the Managed Isolation Allocation System and you have not been able to book an allocation for the date you require urgent travel
  • your circumstances fall within 1 of the 2 categories permitted, and
  • you have attached evidence to support your application.

The managed isolation and quarantine website has details about the travel categories permitted for emergency allocation, and what supporting evidence you need.

Very few emergency allocation requests will be granted. We encourage you to book in early to the Managed Isolation Allocation System, as this is the best way to guarantee your place.

Emergency allocation requests (external link)

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

Some countries require you to have a negative COVID-19 test before you travel.

Steps to get a pre-departure test

  1. As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, contact Healthline or your GP.
  2. Find out when you can go in for a COVID-19 test. The test needs to be taken as close as possible to your date of travel — check the timing that applies to your country.
  3. You may need to pay for the test yourself, at the time.
  4. Your test will be sent to a local laboratory, which will provide a result to your GP or you directly. 
  5. A health provider will let you know the result of the test. It can take several days for test results to be available, so make sure you do not leave it too late.
  6. Assuming the test is negative, you will be given a hard-copy document with the results to take to the airport. In the unlikely event the test is positive, your health provider will talk with you about what happens next.
  7. Take your negative test results with you to airport check-in. You may need to show your results to customs or immigration on arrival at your destination.

Transiting through New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has transit arrangements with a number of countries to make it easier for each country’s citizens to get home. 

Transit agreements that say who may transit through New Zealand are published by Immigration New Zealand. 

You should also check if you need to apply for a transit exemption from managed isolation or quarantine.

Transit arrangements from Immigration New Zealand (external link)

Exemptions to transit through New Zealand, and how to apply (external link)

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