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NZ air passenger arrival measures

There is a managed process for returnees to New Zealand.

Changes to our plan to reconnect New Zealand

Our phased border reopening is delayed to 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.

From 11.59pm (NZT) on 23 December 2021 all arrivals to New Zealand must spend 10 days in MIQ. For more information visit

For more information visit

22 December 2021

Managed isolation and quarantine

From 11:59pm Thursday 23 December 2021, all travellers from countries NZ does not have quarantine-free travel with must spend 10 days in an MIQ facility. You will be tested for COVID-19 four times in MIQ, on arrival, on day three, on day five or six and on day eight or nine.

For more information, including charges for staying an MIQ facility, visit

There are a very small group of exemptions who will be permitted to self-isolate at their final destination. Details on who is exempt (primarily medical reasons, special needs that can not be supported in a managed facility, minors travelling unaccompanied) and how to apply can be found on the COVID19 website.

For more information, please refer to either the Immigration NZ website or the Ministry of Health website.

Read more information for people arriving on maritime vessels.