Who can travel to NZ
The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel restrictions apply to all arrivals into New Zealand by air or sea.
New Zealand citizens and residents
You have a legal right to come to New Zealand if you’re:
- a New Zealand citizen
- a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions.
If you're 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.
The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk:
- Papua New Guinea
You have a critical purpose to travel
You may be able to travel to New Zealand while the border is closed if we consider you have a critical purpose to travel.
Most people who are not New Zealand citizens or residents legally must get approval from Immigration NZ before travelling to New Zealand. Some people do not need to request to travel.
Information from Immigration NZ:
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.
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.
Entering managed isolation or quarantine
It's important people returning to New Zealand do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand.
If you’re returning to New Zealand, you legally must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine, unless you're arriving under quarantine-free travel. You will also be tested for COVID-19 during your stay in a facility.
Secure your place in managed isolation
You are legally required to have a voucher before flying to New Zealand. Your voucher allocates you a place in a managed isolation facility.
Airlines will not be permitted to board you if you do not have a voucher, unless you are exempt from using the Managed Isolation Allocation System.
Request an emergency allocation
Space in managed isolation is extremely limited. An emergency allocation process exists for limited situations that require urgent travel to New Zealand within the next 14 days.
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.
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.
You can travel to New Zealand quarantine-free from:
- the Cook Islands
Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is suspended from 11:59pm on 23 July 2021.
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: