Travel to New Zealand

Entry to New Zealand is strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Latest update — 29 November 2021

From January 2022, fully vaccinated New Zealanders can begin travelling to New Zealand without entering MIQ. Here is our 3-step plan:

  1. Opening to fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and other travellers eligible under our current settings from Australia — from 11:59 pm on 16 January 2022 (provided they have been in Australia or New Zealand for the past 14 days).
  2. Opening to fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and other travellers eligible under our current settings from all but very high risk countries — from 11:59pm on Sunday 13 February 2022.
  3. Opening to fully vaccinated foreign nationals — staged from 30 April 2022 onwards.

If you are not entering MIQ, you will have to meet some requirements, for example self-isolation.

Requirements for those not entering MIQ (external link)

Check who can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Very high risk countries

We have updated the list of very high risk countries:

Travel restrictions from very high risk countries

Who can travel to NZ

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

Most people who are not New Zealand citizens or residents must get approval from Immigration NZ before travelling to New Zealand. Some people do not need to request to travel.

Check if you can travel to New Zealand

Anyone arriving in New Zealand by air or sea must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check your eligibility to travel to New Zealand at Immigration NZ.

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

Additional restrictions if you are travelling from a 'very high risk' country

Travel from very high risk countries is currently restricted to New Zealand citizens, partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens.

Travel restrictions for very high risk countries

If you are travelling quarantine-free

New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with some countries. Travelling quarantine-free means you do not have to enter managed isolation. Normal immigration rules apply for quarantine-free travel.

Travel quarantine-free to New Zealand from some countries

Exceptions for some vessels

There are exceptions for some vessels. These include cargo ships, fishing vessels unloading catch, and ships coming from Antarctica.

Guidance for the maritime sector | health.govt.nz (external link)

Travelling from a 'very high risk' country

Travel from very high risk countries is temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens.

Travel restrictions for very high risk countries

Pre-departure testing to enter NZ

Most people must have a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test result before travelling to New Zealand. Some people do not need to get pre-departure tests.

Requirements for pre-departure testing for travellers to New Zealand

Vaccinations required for non-New Zealand citizens

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before flying to New Zealand.

Proof of vaccination for travel to New Zealand

Entering managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ)

It is important that people returning to New Zealand do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand.

If you are returning to New Zealand, you legally must complete a stay in MIQ, unless you are arriving under quarantine-free travel. You will also be tested for COVID-19 during your stay in a facility.

Managed isolation and quarantine

Quarantine-free travel to NZ

Quarantine-free travel allows you to travel to and enter countries that are participating in a quarantine-free travel arrangement without needing to enter managed isolation or quarantine when you arrive.

Quarantine-free travel

Quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers

RSE workers from Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga can begin entering New Zealand under one-way quarantine-free travel.

Workers arriving under the scheme must:

  • have at least 1 COVID-19 vaccine dose
  • complete a period of self-isolation when they arrive
  • return negative COVID-9 tests at day 0 and day 5.

Employers must provide facilities for the workers to self-isolate in. Workers must also get their second COVID-19 vaccine dose after they arrive, if they do not have it already.

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

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.

New Zealand cannot influence or guarantee another country or airline’s entry, exit or transit requirements. We also cannot help you book a commercial flight.

Get emergency consular help by calling:

More help from SafeTravel (external link)

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