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COVID-19 requirements for travel to New Zealand

New Zealand's borders are open. Find out what requirements you need to meet to enter New Zealand.


This page covers the requirements to travel to New Zealand by air. For information about travelling to New Zealand via sea, visit the Maritime Border webpage.

New Zealand’s border

New Zealand's borders are open. To find out more about travelling to New Zealand visit COVID-19's International Travel webpage.

For information about travelling to New Zealand by sea visit our Maritime Border page.

Who can travel to New Zealand

Anyone arriving by air or sea must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check your eligibility to travel to New Zealand on Immigration NZ's website

Before you travel to New Zealand

There are no COVID-19 pre-departure test or vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand, however, airlines may require evidence of vaccination or have other requirements to travel onboard their aircraft.

From Thursday 20 October 2022, travellers flying to New Zealand by air do not need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Visit the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website for more information about how the declaration will evolve and replace the New Zealand paper arrival card next year.

Before you travel to New Zealand by air you must:

Vaccination requirements 

From 11.59pm, 12 September 2022, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer needed to enter New Zealand and you are not required to present evidence of vaccination.

Traveller Declaration

From Thursday 20 October 2022, travellers flying to New Zealand by air do not need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Visit the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website for more information about how the declaration will evolve and replace the New Zealand paper arrival card next year.

Arriving into New Zealand – what to expect

It may take longer than usual to get through Customs, baggage collection and biosecurity at the airport. The New Zealand summer is our busiest travel period and it is common for airports to be busy and have queues.

You can help by having your documents completed and ready to present to border officers at the airport.

Check what you need

At the airport, you will need to show Customs officials your:

  • passport
  • visa (if you need one) or NZeTA
  • completed arrival card.

Check if you’re able to use an eGate as this can speed up the journey through the airport. You can use eGate if you are 12 years of age or older and have an ePassport from one of the specified countries. Find out more on our eGate page.

Travellers should declare or dispose biosecurity risk items on arrival in New Zealand. Everyone can help by telling their family and friends about New Zealand’s biosecurity requirements if they are travelling to New Zealand. Travellers are asked to consider what they bring into New Zealand – bringing in items that must be declared, or prohibited items are likely to increase processing times. Find out more on the Ministry of Primary Industries’ website.

Have a safe-as summer this year in New Zealand

COVID-19 is still in our communities, so do your best to protect yourself and others. If you get sick while travelling, there’s plenty of advice to help you get back to having fun.

Travellers will need to follow local COVID-19 health settings which include a COVID-19 test if symptomatic, or if deemed a household contact, self-isolation for positive cases, and wearing a mask in some situations.

Visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website to find out about current requirements while in New Zealand.

Transiting through New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has transit arrangements with some countries.

If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and you do not plan to stay, you are a transit passenger.

You can only transit New Zealand through Auckland International Airport, where you must stay in the transit area of the airport. You cannot apply to enter New Zealand.

You can remain in transit for up to 24 hours. If you need to stay longer than 24 hours, you are not a transit passenger and you need to apply to enter New Zealand.

Transit passengers do not need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Find out more at COVID-19's Travel to New Zealand by air webpage.

Leaving New Zealand

Some countries around the world have COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Before travelling overseas we recommend you check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. Check:

  • the official website of the country you wish to enter or transit, or
  • that country’s diplomatic representative in New Zealand.

Some countries require travellers to self-isolate on arrival, show proof of vaccination or have a negative COVID-19 test result before they can travel.

Find out more at COVID-19's International Travel webpage.

To find out about Customs’ requirements for leaving New Zealand visit our Leaving New Zealand webpage.