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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 16 August 2021

Travel restrictions for very high risk countries

The Government has created a ‘very high risk’ country category that will significantly reduce the number of people with COVID-19 flying to New Zealand.

Travellers to New Zealand from very high risk countries are temporarily restricted to:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens, or
  • parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens, together with any children of those parents who are not New Zealand citizens.

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

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

For more information visit covid19.govt.nz.

Update 23 July 2021

  • Quarantine-Free Travel from all Australian states and territories is suspended from 11:59pm, 23 July 2021 (NZT).
  • A 7-day window, until 11:59pm, 30 July 2021 (NZT) will be left open for people who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand to return home.
  • The New Zealand Government has upgraded its travel advice for everyone in New Zealand to do not travel to Australia.
  • For more information visit the COVID-19 website or on 0800 537 726.
  • People calling from Australia will need to call 09 952 1695 or 04 830 3599. 
  • Sign up for email updates.

Update 9 July 2021

  • Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales (NSW) remains paused.
  • Return green flights from NSW are not going ahead as intended. The Government is working towards managed return flights from Tuesday. These travellers will have to go into MIQ.
  • Return green flights from New South Wales and Queensland will start at 11:59pm (NZT) on Friday 9 July.
  • If you’re in NSW or Queensland, keep checking the locations of interest as these as are updated regularly.

For more information visit the covid-19 website.

Update 5 July 2021

  • Quarantine-free travel from ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria has resumed.
  • Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia is paused until at least 11:59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 6 July.Travellers to New Zealand must not have been in New South Wales on or after 11:59pm (NZT) on 22 June or in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia on or after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June 2021.
  • Negative pre-departure tests are required to enter New Zealand if you have been in Australia for more than 72 hours.

Update 26 June 2021

Quarantine Free Travel from Australia

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories will be paused from 10.30pm (NZT) Saturday 26 June until 11.59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 29 June.The pause is necessary given the growing number of COVID-19 cases being reported across Australia. The health risk for New Zealand in response to these cases is increasing.

New Zealand travellers in Australia should follow the health instructions of the state or territory they are in.

Anyone who was in Australia from June 21 onwards should monitor their health, and be aware that the number of locations of interest are increasing and they should be checking these regularly.

It is also important that people contact Healthline should they develop any symptoms.

For more information visit the COVID-19 website

Update 17 June 2021

Approved pre-departure test results

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the following types of tests are acceptable for all countries except Australia and very high risk countries by the New Zealand Director-General of Health:

  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT), which includes PCR, RT-PCR and TMA, or
  • LAMP, or
  • antigen test (they may also be referred to as viral antigen tests).

Approved tests if you're travelling from Australia

While travellers from Australia usually do not need to get pre-departure tests, sometimes during a travel pause or suspension the New Zealand Government requires travellers to get pre-departure tests.

If travellers from Australia are required to get pre-departure tests, they must get PCR or RT-PCR tests.

For more information on pre-departure testing visit the COVID-19 website

Update 23 April 2021

From 11.59pm on 28 April 2021, travel from some countries to New Zealand will be restricted. The Government has created a new ‘very high risk’ country category that will significantly reduce the number of people with COVID-19 flying to New Zealand.

India, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan are the countries that currently meet that threshold, and as a result, travellers from those countries will be temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of children who are New Zealand citizens.

Countries have initially been designated very high risk where there have been more than 50 cases of COVID-19 per 1000 arrivals to New Zealand from those countries in 2021, and where there are more than 15 travellers on average per month.

For more information visit the COVID-19 website

Update 9 April 2021

Due to a current surge of COVID-19 cases in returnees, New Zealand is temporarily suspending entry to travellers from India from 4pm on 11 April 2021 until 28 April 2021.

For more information visit the COVID-19 website

Update 3 March 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.

Customs will ask all passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or provide the medical certificate/exemption during the arrivals process when they enter New Zealand. Arriving in New Zealand without evidence of a negative approved test, or medical exemption may result in the issuing of an infringement offence fee of $300 or a fine not exceeding $1000 - passengers could also be subject to prosecution.

For more information visit the COVID-19 website

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.