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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 International Travel | covid19.govt.nz.

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.

Everyone travelling to New Zealand by air needs to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration for contact tracing purposes. You can complete this online up to 28 days before your journey begins, once you have booked your flight. Find out more at  

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

Everyone travelling to New Zealand by air must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration, and receive a Traveller Pass for entry into New Zealand.

Once your flight is booked, you can complete your declaration up to 28 days before you fly.

You may need to show your Traveller Pass when you check-in at the airport, and to Customs when you arrive in New Zealand. Your Traveller Pass can be printed out or saved on your mobile device. If you use the eGates on arrival, they automatically check details of your Traveller Pass when you scan your passport.

Complete your Traveller Declaration at travellerdeclaration.govt.nz.

Arriving into New Zealand – what to expect

Please be patient and have your passport, completed arrival card and your Traveller Pass ready to present to Customs upon disembarking.

Travellers to New Zealand are not required to self-isolate on arrival, however, are recommended to test for COVID-19 on days 0/1 and 5/6. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for seven days. You should report your result to the Ministry of Health and are encouraged to get a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from a community testing centre or healthcare provider.

Please tell the person who does your test that you have been overseas in the last 7 days. Find out more about testing and reporting of results on the

Welcome Packs, which include Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and guidance for what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 while in New Zealand, can be collected at Biosecurity at the airport.  

To find out more about testing and isolation for positive cases, and what to do if you are a household contact visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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 Transit through New Zealand 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 Leaving New Zealand webpage.

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