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🦠 New Zealand COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 11 October 2021, 15:11 (GMT +4)

Travel to New Zealand

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. If you are travelling to New Zealand, you are required to seek approval and book accommodation at a managed isolation facility before travel.

From 11:59pm on 28 April 2021, only the following categories of passengers travelling from very high-risk countries will be accepted for travel to New Zealand:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens
  • Parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens

Partners of New Zealand citizens can be a spouse, civil union partner or de-facto partner.

If you re a non-New Zealand citizen, you must hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand.

The following countries are currently considered very high risk:

  • Brazil
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea

All other travellers, including people holding residence class visas, must spend at least 14 days outside of very high risk countries before flying to New Zealand. Transit through a very high risk country is excluded from the 14 day requirement.

All passengers from very high risk countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from a government-approved laboratory for a test taken 72 hours before travel. Any other type of test for COVID-19 will not be accepted. Please refer to the government website.

Effective 1 November 2021, vaccination will be 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. 

New Zealand permanent residents and temporary visa holders are not New Zealand citizens, and so need to be vaccinated before travel.

You will need to declare that 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 22 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 proof of vaccination if you fall under the following categories: 

  • New Zealand citizens (New Zealand permanent residents and temporary visa holders are not New Zealand citizens)
  • Aged below 17 years
  • Cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you are vaccinated, you still need to have a negative pre-departure test result and spend 14 days in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).

COVID-19 testing requirements

Effective 23:59 (NZT) 25 January 2021, all passengers, except those arriving from Australia, Antarctica, Albania, Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Laos, Montenegro, Myanmar, Slovenia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, the Grenadines, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pacific Islands listed here, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure of the first flight.

Accepted tests:

  • RT - PCR
  • LAMP/ Antigen

Test specifications:

Testing labs must be able to issue a passenger with a dated report that includes the following information.

  • passenger’s name
  • passenger’s date of birth and/or passport number;
  • date and time the test was conducted
  • name of testing lab
  • test type
  • test result.
Passengers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are required to provide:
  • a medical certificate with the date of your previous positive test, if applicable, and
  • documentation stating that you are considered no longer infectious.
 
For further information on customers who have tested positive for COVID-19, refer to advice and support.


COVID-19 test exemptions

Details of exemption categories can be found on this link

Quarantine

All passengers arriving into New Zealand on or after the 3 November 2020 must book accommodation at a managed isolation and quarantine facility before travel and must hold the "MIQ" voucher upon arrival in New Zealand. Passengers can get a voucher for their stay from the Managed Isolation Allocation System website. A printed or digital copy of the voucher must be presented at check-in. By 3 November, passengers arriving into New Zealand will not be accepted if they do not have this voucher. For more details, please visit the Managed Isolation and Quarantine website.

Effective 16 April, MIQ will change the process at managed isolation and quarantine facilities as additional protections and processes are put in place. This may add time to the arrivals process. For more information, please visit the Auckland Airport website.

Travel Eligibility

The following categories of passengers may travel to and enter New Zealand without first seeking approval:

  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions (excluding people granted a resident visa outside New Zealand and who are travelling to New Zealand on that resident visa for the first time).
  • Partners, dependent children (aged 19 years or under if they hold a temporary visa or 24 and under if they hold a resident visa) of New Zealand citizens or residents who hold a visa based on their relationship with a New Zealand citizen or resident partner or parent.
  • Diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand.

Passengers may be allowed to travel to and enter New Zealand while the border is closed in the following instances:

  • You qualify as someone to whom the border closure does not apply, or
  • If NZ immigration considers that the passenger has a critical purpose for travel while the border is closed and thereby grants a visa which recognises this.

From 19 April 2021, passengers travelling from safe zones in Australia will not be required to enter managed isolation or quarantine on arrival in New Zealand.

You can find more details on the New Zealand government website.

Effective 18 April 2021, international transit/transfer between Australia and New Zealand (and vice versa) will be suspended.

Transit arrangements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ and available on their website.

Domestic connections are not permitted directly upon arrival in New Zealand. All passengers must end their journey at the point of entry.

Required forms

To gain approval to travel under one of these reasons, passengers must:

Other information

For further details please refer to the Ministry of Health website.

Travel from New Zealand

There are specific requirements for travelling from New Zealand. Check the official website for the latest information.

You must also ensure to check requirements of your final destination.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.