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 are transit passengers

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

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

Transiting New Zealand to or from Australia

You can transit New Zealand to or from Australia. Flight availability may be limited — check with your airline if flights are available. You must meet all requirements for transiting New Zealand.

Check what you need to do | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

You must also meet all requirements for your final destination. These may include valid visas to enter the country, negative pre-departure test results and proof of vaccination.

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)

Entering New Zealand for longer than 24 hours

If you are 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 are staying in NZ longer than 24 hours | miq.govt.nz (external link)

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

Pre-departure tests

You do not need to get a pre-departure test if you are 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 are travelling though and your final destination. You will not be able to transit New Zealand if you do not meet all requirements.

Proof of vaccination

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before flying to New Zealand.

If you are transiting New Zealand and you are not a New Zealand citizen, then you must be fully vaccinated. This applies even though you are staying "airside" and you do not go through Customs.

Proof of vaccination for travel to New Zealand

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