Travel with Australia

Information on travelling between Australia and New Zealand.

Latest update — 21 December 2021

Our phased border reopening will be delayed to the end of February 2022. Until then, travellers from Australia will need to book a place in managed isolation (MIQ) to travel to New Zealand.

These changes will help keep Omicron out of our community. By delaying our border opening to the end of February, more New Zealanders will become eligible for a booster dose, and our tamariki (children) aged 5 to 11 years old will have started to get vaccinated.

We will update this page when more information is available.

Read more about these changes to our reopening plan

Check if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand

The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel restrictions apply to almost all arrivals into New Zealand by air or sea.

If you want to travel from Australia, you must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check now to see if you can travel.

Reasons you can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Requirements to travel to New Zealand

You need to:

  • have the right to enter New Zealand
  • complete a stay in MIQ — the normal rules around paying for your stay in MIQ will apply
  • provide a negative pre-departure test, and
  • be fully vaccinated if you are not a New Zealand citizen.

Reasons you can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Costs for MIQ | miq.govt.nz (external link)

Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand

Vaccinations required for non-New Zealand citizens(external link)

Get your voucher for MIQ

If you want to travel to New Zealand, you need to book your MIQ voucher when they are available.

MIQ has introduced a virtual lobby for all room releases. Visit the MIQ website to find out how to participate in the virtual lobby booking system.

Get your voucher through the virtual lobby (external link)

Travelling to Australia

You can travel quarantine-free from anywhere in New Zealand to Australia. This began on 1 November 2021.

To travel to Australia, you must:

  • have been in Australia or New Zealand in the 14 days before your departure
  • have proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test result within 3 days of your departure
  • complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure
  • be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — this must be consistent with the ATAGI definition of fully vaccinated, with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine.

Individual states or territories may not accept quarantine-free travellers from New Zealand. They may also have their own rules or guidance for travelling there. Check with the state government website for what you need to do.

You should also check if flights are available, as they may be limited. 

Information for travellers by state or territory | australia.gov.au (external link)

New Zealand safe travel zone | homeaffairs.gov.au (external link)

Support for travellers in Australia

If you are in Australia and have not been able to return home, we encourage you to:

Sign up for email notifications for travel with Australia (external link)

Register to get the latest travel advice for Australia | safetravel.govt.nz(external link) (external link)

If you need help with travel

If you need information about returning home, you can call the contact centre for advice:

You can call between 8am to 10pm (NZT), 7 days a week.

It is your responsibility to manage your costs for travel disruption.

In an emergency

If you are a New Zealand citizen abroad you can get emergency consular assistance. You can access support for situations like lost or stolen passports, death, health issues and law infringements.

Consular staff in New Zealand and at our consular offices in Australia cannot arrange a space in MIQ or a flight to New Zealand for you.

Get emergency consular help by calling:

Emergency consular help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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