Travel with Australia

Information on travelling between Australia and New Zealand while quarantine-free travel is suspended (except for NSW).

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Who this information is for

The information on this page is for people in ACT, Norfolk Island, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia

This page is not for people in New South Wales (NSW).

Travel information for NSW

Travel from Australia

Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories is suspended from 24 July 2021.

Return green flights from Australia to New Zealand have ended. If you're currently anywhere in Australia (except for in NSW), you will not be able to travel back to New Zealand until red flights start.

This means you will need a book a spot in managed isolation or quarantine (MIQ).

We'll update this page when red flights become available. 

The suspension will continue for at least 8 weeks and will be reviewed in September.

If you could not travel back to New Zealand before 30 July

If you're currently in Australia and were not able to return home before 30 July, we encourage you to:

Register at SafeTravel to get the latest travel advice for Australia if the situation changes(external link) (external link)

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Travel support helplines

If you need urgent assistance about returning home, you can call helplines for advice.

If you're in Australia, you can call:

If you're calling from New Zealand, call 0800 537 726.

You can call between 10am to 10pm (NZT), 7 days a week.

It is your responsibility to manage your costs for travel disruption.

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.

Consular assistance cannot help you book a commercial flight, or guarantee an airline's travel requirements.

Get emergency consular help by calling:

Emergency consular help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Travelling to Australia from New Zealand

If you normally live in Australia and are currently in New Zealand 

If you normally live in Australia and you're currently in New Zealand, you can travel home to Australia without having to quarantine on arrival.

Your options for travel from New Zealand may be limited as airlines reduce the number of flights available. 

We recommend you contact your airline to confirm your booking.

If you normally live in New Zealand and want to travel to Australia

The New Zealand Government has upgraded its travel advice for everyone in New Zealand to “do not travel to Australia”, unless you usually live in Australia and you are returning home.

If you need to travel to Australia, check the requirements you must meet with the Australian Government. If you want to return you must be eligible to enter New Zealand, and you will have to book a space in MIQ. Currently, there are no spaces in MIQ available. 

New Zealand safe travel zone | homeaffairs.gov.au (external link)

If you've recently arrived in New Zealand from Victoria

If you've recently arrived from Victoria on a green flight or you transited through Victoria after 11:59pm on 23 July, you must:

  • Self-isolate immediately at your home after you return to New Zealand — you can travel to get home.
  • Continue to isolate for at least 3 days and get a COVID-19 test at day 3.
  • Isolate until you have a negative result.

Follow the Ministry of Health guidelines for self-isolation (external link)

You can call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on where to get tested, or you can go to your local testing center. We recommend you wear a face covering when going to get a COVID-19 test.

Search for a testing location near you (external link)

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

A section 70 order underscores the importance of you following the advice.

The Ministry of Health will contact you on day 1 and day 3 to check your health and wellbeing and to make sure you have had a day 3 test.

You do not need to self-isolate if you have arrived from ACT, Norfolk Island, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia — unless you transited Victoria.

Self-isolating with family or friends

You can self-isolate at a friend or family member's home. The people you stay with do not need to self-isolate. However, we recommend they should:

  • try to keep 2 metres apart from you as much as possible
  • not invite visitors over
  • minimise the time they spend in shared spaces such as the kitchen or living room.

The people you live with should continue to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. If someone you live with develops COVID-19 symptoms they should:

  • call Heathline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting a test
  • stay at home until they get a negative result, and for 24 hours after their symptoms have stopped.

Once you're in New Zealand

When you arrive back in New Zealand, there are some things you need to do to make sure you keep your whānau, friends and community safe from COVID-19.

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