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

To transit New Zealand, you must:

  • meet 1 of the categories or exceptions that mean you do not need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) or transit visa
  • hold an NZeTA if you’re allowed to transit on an NZeTA, or
  • hold a transit visa if you need to have a transit visa.

You can transit through New Zealand for up to 24 hours. If you’re staying longer, you must have a valid visa that permits your entry into New Zealand.

Immigration NZ explains who can transit New Zealand without an NZeTA or transit visa, and who needs one.

Who can transit New Zealand — Immigration NZ (external link)

If you’re going to be transiting for longer than 72 hours, you’ll need a transit exemption from Managed Isolation and Quarantine.

Transit exemptions from Managed Isolation and Quarantine

If you’re in New Zealand for longer than 72 hours, you’ll need to stay in managed isolation and will need to apply for an exemption. Before leaving managed isolation you’ll need to:

  • get a negative COVID-19 test, and
  • be confirmed as low risk of having or spreading COVID-19.

If you are granted a transit exemption, you’ll be provided with transport to and from your managed isolation facility.

Request an emergency allocation

The emergency allocation process exists for limited situations that require urgent travel to New Zealand within the next 14 days.

You can apply for an emergency allocation if you cannot book your preferred date in the Managed Isolation Allocation System, and you meet the eligibility criteria.

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 transiting New Zealand

If you are transiting through New Zealand and you are staying airside, you do not need to get a pre-departure test. Staying airside means you stay in the airport and you do not go through Customs to enter New Zealand.

If you are not staying airside while you’re transiting, you must get a pre-departure test. People from some countries do not need to get a pre-departure test.

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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