What is quarantine-free travel
You can travel one-way from Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu to New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility when you arrive. This is called quarantine-free travel.
Quarantine-free travel is available by air only.
You are responsible for managing any travel disruption due to COVID-19. You should have a plan for what to do if your return to your country is delayed.
Who can travel quarantine free to New Zealand
Travellers from Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tokelau can travel quarantine-free to New Zealand.
Check official websites for information about Pacific Island government departure requirements.
People who are eligible to enter New Zealand from Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu are:
- New Zealand citizens
- holders of a New Zealand resident visa
- holders of a critical purpose visa.
New Zealand’s transit requirements remain the same.
Travellers from Tonga
All travellers from Tonga, regardless of citizenship, are also required to register and be approved by the Government of Tonga before travelling to New Zealand.
If you travel to New Zealand quarantine-free, you must meet the following conditions:
- Travellers coming from Tokelau need to spend 14 full days before their departure in Tokelau, Samoa or New Zealand.
- Travellers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu need to spend 14 full days before their date of departure in either your country of departure or New Zealand. This means you can travel from day 15 onwards.
- You have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days.
- There are no reasonable grounds, as determined by a suitably qualified health practitioner, to suspect you may have COVID-19. This may include:
- having had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- having any COVID-19 symptoms, and
- waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
Proof of vaccination is required
You must be fully vaccinated, unless you are New Zealand citizen. Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers are currently required to have at least 1 dose, and will be required to be fully vaccinated from 1 January 2022.
You do not need a pre-departure test
Due to the low risk in these countries, you do not need to provide a negative test before departing for New Zealand.
Complete the travel declaration
All travellers must complete a travel declaration form, Nau Mai Rā, for New Zealand's Ministry of Health.
What to expect when travelling to New Zealand
- If you feel unwell at your departure airport, a health professional will assess you. They will advise the airline whether you should travel. Airlines can refuse to board unwell travellers.
- If you feel unwell during your flight to New Zealand, a health professional will assess you when you arrive. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you and your travelling companions may need to go into a quarantine facility.
- When you arrive in New Zealand, you will be asked some health questions on your passenger arrival card.
- New Zealand officials will do random temperature checks on quarantine-free arrivals.
- You must maintain 2 metres physical distance (as much as possible) from anyone in the New Zealand airport who did not arrive from your country.
- You must wear a face covering while in the airport in New Zealand.
Travel within New Zealand
When you arrive in New Zealand, you should be aware of any restrictions on domestic travel and activities.
Travel is restricted across the Auckland boundary. However, you can travel through New Zealand to get home.
You must do the following:
- Travel home as quickly and directly as possible.
- Follow all public health requirements while travelling, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing and scanning QR codes.
- If you need to stay in transit accommodation in Auckland while waiting to return home, follow all Red restrictions.
- Someone can pick you up at the airport in Auckland. Check what you need to do, as there are different rules if the person collecting you is driving from outside Auckland.
What to do when you arrive in New Zealand
Keep track of where you’ve been
Keep track of your movements so we can let you know if there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 where you have been.
Download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app
Download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app so we can let you know if there has been an outbreak where you have been.
All businesses and services in New Zealand have to display a QR code. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan the QR code and keep an electronic record of everywhere you go.
Use your own paper notebook
If you will not use the app, keep track of where you’ve been with pen and paper, and sign paper registers when you visit places like shops.
Wear a face covering
Wear a face covering on all flights in New Zealand. If you do not have one, your airline will give you one.
If you are unwell
If you feel unwell, stay where you are and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.
Get to know our traffic light settings
Make sure you know what to do at the different traffic light settings:
If you want to travel onwards to another international destination
If you want to continue your journey beyond New Zealand, you will need to check the entry requirements of your onwards destination.
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