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COVID-19 requirements for travel to New Zealand

Entry to New Zealand is controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World

The Government has announced Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World – a five-step plan to safely re-open our borders to allow people to travel to and from Aotearoa New Zealand.

To find out more about when New Zealand’s borders open visit When New Zealand’s borders open | covid19.govt.nz.

To find out if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand visit Reopening the New Zealand Border | immigration.govt.nz.

For information about travelling to New Zealand via sea visit Maritime Sector | health.govt.nz

Who can travel to New Zealand

The New Zealand borders are currently controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone arriving by air or sea must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check your eligibility to travel to New Zealand at Immigration NZ | Reasons you can travel to New Zealand.

To check what the requirements are in place for your entry to New Zealand visit Travel to New Zealand | covid19.govt.nz.

Before you travel to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand by air you must:

Vaccination requirements 

Most travellers to New Zealand must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Evidence of vaccination (or proof of exemption) must be uploaded to your New Zealand Traveller Declaration which will be checked when you check-in at the airport, and by Customs when you arrive in New Zealand. New Zealand citizens and residence class visa holders (New Zealand Permanent Residents, and Australian Citizens resident in New Zealand) do not need to be vaccinated to travel to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand without meeting the vaccination requirements is an infringement offence and could result in a fee of $4000. Failing to produce sufficient evidence of meeting the vaccination requirements is also an infringement offence and could now result in a fee of $500. These offences are specified in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order 2021.

For more information on the vaccine requirements visit Vaccination requirements for travel to New Zealand | covid19.govt.nz.

Traveller Declaration

All travellers must complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration before travelling to New Zealand and be issued a New Zealand Traveller Pass.

Start your declaration as soon as you can, to ensure you have time to complete it before you travel.

You need to show your Traveller Pass when you check-in at the airport, and to Customs when you arrive in New Zealand. It can be printed out or saved on your mobile device.

Complete your travel declaration at travellerdeclaration.govt.nz.

Pre-departure test to enter New Zealand

Most travellers must have a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test (PDT) result before travelling to New Zealand. Evidence of a negative PDT must be uploaded to your New Zealand Traveller Declaration which will be checked when you check-in at the airport, and by Customs when you arrive in New Zealand.

A Customs officer will check your documents for proof of a PDT or proof of an exemption on your arrival in New Zealand.

The infringement offence fee for failing to meet pre-departure test requirements is $1,000, and the infringement offence fee for failing to produce sufficient evidence of a pre-departure test or medical exemption has increased to $500. These offences are specified in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order 2021. For more information in infringements visit health.govt.nz.

For more information on the requirements for PDT visit Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand | covid19.govt.nz.

Arriving into New Zealand – what to expect

To help control the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand there are a series of checks as you proceed through the airport. Please be patient and have your passport, completed arrival card and Traveller Pass ready to present to Customs upon disembarking.

Travellers to New Zealand can now enter without going into a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility. Travellers are instead required to self-test for COVID-19 on arrival.

Travellers will receive a Welcome Pack at the biosecurity checkpoint. This pack will include detailed information on and testing requirements, including rapid antigen tests. The first RAT test it to be administered on the day you arrive into New Zealand, and the second on day 5/6. If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, you must immediately self-isolate, register your result, and follow up with a PCR test.

To find out more visit How to travel to New Zealand if you are self-testing on arrival | covid19.govt.nz.

Transiting through New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has transit arrangements with some countries to make it easier for each country’s citizens to get home.

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.

Find out more at Transit through New Zealand | covid19.govt.nz.

Travel with the Pacific Islands

You can travel from some Pacific Islands without having to self-test on arrival. Pre-departure tests are also not required when travelling from the Pacific Islands.

To find out more about travelling from some of the Pacific Islands visit Travel with the Pacific Islands | covid19.govt.nz.

Leaving New Zealand

Many borders around the world are closed to people who are not citizens and permanent residents of that country.

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.

Many 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 Leaving New Zealand | covid19.govt.nz.

To find out about Customs’ requirements for leaving New Zealand visit customs.govt.nz | Leaving New Zealand.