Who can travel to New Zealand
New Zealand’s borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You still have a legal right to come home if you’re:
- a New Zealand citizen
- a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions.
There are a small number of limited exceptions to the closure of New Zealand's borders for people who aren’t citizens or residents.
Border controls on arrival
People returning to New Zealand must do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand.
If you're returning to New Zealand, you must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine. You will also be tested for COVID-19 during your stay.
You may be able to get an exemption from managed isolation.
Charges for managed isolation
The Government recovers some of the costs for managed isolation. This is to share the costs in a way that fairly reflects the benefits to both the New Zealand public of having a robust system, and those who leave and enter the country.
Exemptions from quarantine
There are no exemptions from quarantine for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
Exemptions from managed isolation
We have put in place a robust system for exemptions from managed isolation. This is to ensure we balance the needs of people facing exceptional circumstances with the need to protect the New Zealand public from COVID-19.
How to travel back to New Zealand
Many countries around the world have closed their borders and imposed stricter travel restrictions.
Check your options
Commercial flight options are available to return to New Zealand but are limited.
You should contact your airline and other travel providers for the most up-to-date information about flight availability. You should also contact your travel agent or airline if you are travelling from, or transiting through, areas affected by border measures.
Get emergency consular assistance if you need it. Call:
Cruise ships continue to be banned from entering New Zealand.
Vessels can enter New Zealand if all aboard are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. There are also exceptions for some vessels. This includes cargo ships, fishing vessels unloading catch and ships coming from Antarctica.
What to bring with you to New Zealand
You will not be able to go to the shops when you first arrive in New Zealand, or while you are in managed isolation or quarantine.
Arriving in New Zealand
What happens when you arrive back in New Zealand depends on whether you arrive by air or sea.
When you arrive by air, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the airport. If you have symptoms or are waiting for the results of a test, you will go to a quarantine facility. Otherwise, you will go to an isolation facility. Both types of facilities are in hotels.
When you arrive by sea, you may complete your isolation on your vessel.