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.
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.
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.
Exceptions for some vessels
There are exceptions for some vessels. These include cargo ships, fishing vessels unloading catch, and ships coming from Antarctica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Transiting through NZ
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:
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