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Temporary entry restrictions

The Government has placed temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand to assist with the containment of COVID-19.


Update 19 January 2021

Travellers who must be tested before departure

The Government now requires all travellers to New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.

For travellers from the UK or the US, this came into effect at 11.59pm (NZT) on 15 January 2021.

For travellers from other countries (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) this will come into effect from 11.59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January.

The Pacific islands that are exempt from pre-departure testing are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.

If you are planning to travel to New Zealand soon, it is a good idea to work out how you will be able to get your pre-departure test results within 72 hours of your departure.

Visit covid-19.govt.nz for more information.

Update for people moving to New Zealand

If you are moving to New Zealand, and have been issued a ‘Critical Purpose Visitor Visa’ which allows you to work for a period of 12 months or more, you are able to bring into New Zealand your personal effects and used household goods free from duty and GST.  For more Customs information about bringing personal effects and household goods to NZ please visit Move to NZ permanently

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