Travel to New Zealand

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

Latest update — 24 December 2021

Changes to our plan to reconnect New Zealand

The Government's plan to reopen the border will be delayed until the end of February 2022. This is to help keep Omicron out of our community. By delaying our border opening to the end of February, more New Zealanders will become eligible for a booster dose, and our tamariki (children) aged 5 to 11 years old will have started to get vaccinated.

Changes to our reopening plan

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)

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)

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)

If you are returning to New Zealand, you legally must complete a stay in MIQ for 10 days, unless you are arriving under quarantine-free travel. You will also be tested for COVID-19 during your stay in a facility.

Unless you are exempt, it is a legal requirement to have a valid MIQ voucher when you arrive in New Zealand. If you arrive without one, you will be referred to the police and you may be fined.  

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

There are no very high risk countries

There are no countries on the list of very high risk countries.

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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