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 transit passengers are

If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and you do not plan to stay, you are a transit passenger.

You can only transit New Zealand through Auckland International Airport, where you must stay in the transit area of the airport. You cannot apply to enter New Zealand.

You can remain in transit for up to 24 hours. If you need to stay longer than 24 hours, you are not a transit passenger and you need to apply to enter New Zealand.

New Zealand border entry requirements | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Who can transit through New Zealand

You may need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) or transit visa to transit New Zealand. Some people do not need an NZeTA or transit visa.

Immigration NZ explains who can transit through New Zealand, and who needs an NZeTA or transit visa.

Who can transit New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

You cannot transit New Zealand to or from Australia

Currently, you cannot transit New Zealand on your way to or from Australia.

If you arrive in New Zealand on a non-quarantine-free flight, you must spend 14 days in a managed isolation or quarantine (MIQ) facility before you can travel on to Australia.

If you arrive in New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight, for example from the Cook Islands, you still must spend 14 days in New Zealand before you can continue your journey to Australia.

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ)

Restrictions on transiting New Zealand to China

Only travellers from some countries are allowed to transit New Zealand to China.

Who can transit New Zealand to China | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

If you’re entering New Zealand for longer than 24 hours

If you’re entering New Zealand for longer than 24 hours, you are not a transit passenger. You must have a valid visa that permits your entry into New Zealand.

What you need to do depends on if you’re entering New Zealand:

  • for 24 to 72 hours, or
  • for longer than 72 hours, but less than 14 days.

What to do if you’re staying in NZ longer than 24 hours | miq.govt.nz (external link)

New Zealand border entry requirements | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Pre-departure testing if you’re transiting New Zealand

You do not need to get a pre-departure test if you’re transiting New Zealand.

However, you will likely need a pre-departure test for your final destination and other countries on your journey. You may also need to meet health requirements at your final destination.

It is your responsibility to make sure you understand the requirements of the countries you’re travelling though and your final destination.

You cannot transit New Zealand if you do not meet all the requirements of your final destination.

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