Travel to New Zealand

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

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.

Check if you can travel to 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)

New Zealand citizens and residents

You have a legal right to come to New Zealand if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions. 

If you are 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

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.

Critical purpose reasons to travel | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

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.

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.

The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk:

  • Brazil
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea

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 need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before flying to New Zealand from 1 November 2021. New Zealand permanent residents and temporary visa holders are not New Zealand citizens, and so need to be vaccinated before travel.

You must still have the right to enter New Zealand. The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Reasons you can travel to New Zealand (external link)

You will need to declare you have been vaccinated when you book your place in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ)

You need to be fully vaccinated. This means you need to have had a full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by a government or approval authority. You need to have had the last dose at least 14 days before you arrive in New Zealand.

You do not need evidence of a vaccination if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen — New Zealand permanent residents and temporary visa holders are not New Zealand citizens
  • are aged under 17 years, or
  • cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

We will provide more information soon about acceptable evidence of your vaccination or medical exemption. 

Even if you are vaccinated, you still need to have a negative pre-departure test result and spend 14 days in MIQ — unless you are exempt.

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 at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine, 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

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. 

Register for a voucher for managed isolation (external link)

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.

Who can request an emergency allocation and how to apply | miq.govt.nz (external link)

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
  • Niue

Quarantine-free travel

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is suspended from 11:59pm on 23 July 2021.

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 from Vanuatu can arrive from 4 October 2021. Workers from Samoa and Tonga can arrive from 12 October 2021.

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)

Self-isolation pilot for businesses and organisations

Self-isolation is part of the Government’s plan for re-opening borders and allowing more people to visit and return home to New Zealand without the requirement to enter managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).

A self-isolation pilot over October and December 2021 will test some of the systems and processes that would be needed to roll out self-isolation more widely.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will administer the pilot.

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