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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 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.

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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

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.

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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.