Transit through New Zealand

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

Who can transit through New Zealand

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

Transit arrangements from Immigration New Zealand (external link)

Transit exemptions from Managed Isolation and Quarantine

You should check if you need to apply for a transit exemption from Managed Isolation and Quarantine.

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

Limited places in managed isolation

Spaces in managed isolation are extremely limited, but may become available as travel plans change. We recommend you keep checking the Managed Isolation Allocation System 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 14 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 14 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 testing if you're travelling to New Zealand

If you’re travelling to New Zealand from the US or UK, you must have a negative COVID-19 test result before the scheduled departure of your first international flight.

For travellers from other countries (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands), this came into effect after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January.

You will need to have had both your COVID-19 sample taken and your result returned no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your first international departure.

Check the requirements for pre-departure testing for travellers to New Zealand

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