Victoria — quarantine-free travel

Information about quarantine-free travel between Victoria, Australia and New Zealand.

Latest updates — updated 15 June 2021

  • If you need a pre-departure test, PCR or RT-PCR tests are preferred.
  • The pause on travel from Victoria to New Zealand is extended until 11:59pm (NZT) on Thursday 17 June.
  • If you were in Victoria after 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May, you can fly to New Zealand from another Australian state. You will need to carry evidence of a negative pre-departure test administered no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • If you were in the Greater Melbourne lockdown area after 11:59pm (NZT) on 27 May, you can fly to New Zealand directly from Melbourne on return green flights. You must meet eligibility criteria, including a negative pre-departure test administered no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Return green flights are flying from Melbourne to New Zealand for eligible travellers.

Pre-departure testing for arrivals into New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel status

Victoria to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand is paused. The pause will be in place until 11:59pm (NZT) on Thursday 17 June.

Return green flights are operating from Melbourne for eligible travellers

New Zealand to Victoria

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Victoria continues.

Find out if you can travel to New Zealand

If you're in Australia

If you visited a location of interest at the stated times

If you were at a location of interest, you cannot travel to New Zealand from any border in Australia within 14 days of exposure — even if you have a negative COVID-19 test.

Follow the isolation and testing advice on the Victoria, Queensland or New South Wales government website.

Airlines and border officials will be asking people to declare whether they have been at one of the locations of interest.

Keep checking the locations of interest webpage to see if more have been added.

If you did not visit a location of interest

If you were in Victoria after 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May, you can fly to New Zealand from another Australian state. You will need to carry evidence of a negative pre-departure test administered no more than 72 hours before departure.

If you were in the Greater Melbourne lockdown area after 11:59pm (NZT) on 27 May, you can fly to New Zealand directly from Melbourne on return green flights. You must meet eligibility criteria, including a negative pre-departure test administered no more than 72 hours before departure.

Eligibility criteria for return green flights from Melbourne

Transiting through Melbourne

If you transit through Melbourne on your journey to New Zealand, you will need to carry evidence of a negative pre-departure test administered no more than 72 hours before your flight to New Zealand.

If your departure for New Zealand is from Melbourne — for example your journey is Perth to Melbourne to Auckland — you will be travelling on a return green flight, and you must meet green flight eligibility criteria as well as have a negative pre-departure test.

If your departure for New Zealand is not from Melbourne — for example your journey is Melbourne to Sydney to Auckland — you will not be travelling on a return green flight, and so do not need to meet the return green flight eligibility criteria. You do need to have a negative pre-departure test.

Eligibility criteria for return green flights from Melbourne

Return green flights from Melbourne

Who is eligible for green flights from Melbourne

Pre-departure testing before flying to New Zealand

If you were at a location of interest, you cannot travel to New Zealand from any border in Australia within 14 days of exposure — even if you have a negative COVID-19 test.

If you were not at a location of interest and and you were in Victoria after 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May, you must have a negative pre-departure test result within 72 hours of departure for New Zealand. You must be otherwise allowed to travel to New Zealand.

PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure tests are preferred for travellers from Australia.

You must keep evidence of your negative test on you throughout your journey. If you cannot show evidence of your negative test, you may not be allowed to board the plane or you may face penalties when you arrive in New Zealand.

Find out if you can travel to New Zealand

Pre-departure testing before flying to New Zealand

Testing centres in Australia

If you need help finding a testing location, call the Australian National coronavirus helpline on 1800 020 080. Pre-departure tests cost around $120 to $180. You should not go to a free testing site, as their results may not have all the information needed for travel.

Travellers from Australia legally must get a PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test.

Testing labs must be able to issue you a dated report for you to present.

It should have:

  • traveller’s name
  • traveller’s date of birth and/or passport number 
  • date and time the test was conducted
  • name of testing lab
  • test type
  • test result.

Either a hard copy or an electronic copy (email/text message) of your negative test result, or a Fit to Fly Certificate, will be accepted. A text message will be accepted only if it includes an image of the laboratory result form.

Pre-departure testing for arrivals into New Zealand

If you're now in New Zealand

If you visited Victoria from 11 May and are now in New Zealand, there are some things you need to do.

If you visited a location of interest or were in Victoria between 20 May and 25 May

If you visited a location of interest at the stated times or you were in Victoria between 20 May and 25 May, you must do the following:

  • Self-isolate at home or in the accommodation you are staying in.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for further advice about getting a test.
  • Isolate until you have been further advised by a medical officer of health.

All testing for people who have been in Melbourne is free, even for visitors to New Zealand.

If you are required to have a test or are awaiting a test result and are due to fly overseas, you must wait till you have received the negative test result before departing.

These instructions are outlined in a section 70 order (external link)

Information from the Victoria Government

If you need a pre-departure test, call the Australian National coronavirus helpline on 1800 020 080 for help finding a location. Pre-departure tests cost around $120 to $180. You should not go to a free testing site for a pre-departure test, as their results may not have all the information needed for travel.

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