Return green flights from Melbourne

Find out how you can book a return green flight from Melbourne during the travel pause.

Who can fly on a return green flight

Anyone who is eligible can travel to New Zealand on ‘return green flights’, meaning you will not be required to isolate when you arrive in New Zealand.

The criteria includes New Zealand citizens. If you're a New Zealand citizen (even if you live in Australia), you can travel to New Zealand on a return green flight as long as you can provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The following people are eligible:

  • New Zealand citizens.
  • New Zealand permanent residents or resident visa holders.
  • Citizens of Australia or persons who hold current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand on or after 6 April 2021.
  • Holders of New Zealand temporary visas who last departed New Zealand on or after 6 April 2021.
  • Spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories.

When the travel pause is lifted, regular quarantine-free flights will resume.

If you were at a location of interest

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. You will not be able to board a return green flight.

What you must do before you travel

Anyone flying to New Zealand on a return green flight must:

  • have a negative pre-departure test taken less than 72 hours before departure
  • complete the Nau Mai Rā travel declaration
  • complete the health declaration at the airport to confirm you did not visit a location of interest. 

Pre-departure testing

Nau Mai Rā travel declaration(external link) (external link)

New Zealand health officials have conducted an assessment of the public health risk and have determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand of people returning from Melbourne is low.

Booking a return green flight

These are commercially operated flights. Please contact airlines to book your flight.

You will need to pay the cost of your flight. If you want to transfer an existing ticket, you need to speak with your airline.

On the flight

You must wear a face covering throughout your entire journey.

When you get home

You do not need to go into managed isolation when you arrive in New Zealand on a return green flight.

Book private transport to get to your home or accommodation, where possible. If you're using public transport, make sure you wear a face covering.

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