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 on arrival, show proof of vaccination 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 — for all destinations except the Cook Islands.

For the Cook Islands, the New Zealand Government advises you to “exercise increased caution”.

Travel advice at SafeTravel (external link)

The New Zealand Government is urging any New Zealanders who are 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)

International Travel Vaccination Certificate

You may need proof of vaccination to travel overseas.

Anyone 12 years and over who has had any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in New Zealand can now request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate.

Requesting your certificate takes just 1 to 2 minutes and will be emailed to you within 24 hours. The quickest way to get your pass is through your My Covid Record, but if you cannot access this service you can call 0800 222 478 — have your NHI number ready.

How to get your International Travel Vaccination Certificate

Quarantine-free travel

New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with Australia and the Cook Islands. 

Pre-departure test if you are leaving NZ

Some countries require travellers to have a negative COVID-19 test result before they leave New Zealand. You can check the requirements of the country you are travelling to by contacting their local high commission, embassy or consulate in New Zealand.

Steps to get a pre-departure test

  1. As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, contact Healthline or your doctor.
  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 doctor 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 an electronic or paper copy of 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.

Further travel advice from the Ministry of Health (external link)

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 MIQ.

Transit arrangements from Immigration New Zealand(external link) (external link)

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

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