New Zealand’s border is closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled.

All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. 

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions returning to New Zealand do not need approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling. 

Visa processing for other overseas applicants is on hold. This is because people who are not New Zealand citizens or residents are unlikely to meet the current entry requirements. 

There are some exceptions but the criteria for granting an exception are very strict. 

Key updates on temporary border measures, visas, travel and essential service support are available here on the official Immigration New Zealand website.

New Zealand and COVID-19 

Everyone in New Zealand is required to follow health instructions that are in place relating to COVID-19.  This is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of people already in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government is operating a four-level COVID-19 alert system which specifies the health and social measures to be taken in New Zealand.

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 on 8 June. Under Alert Level 1, all New Zealand residents are able to work, go to school, travel domestically, attend events and socialise together with others. 

Please visit the Unite for the Recovery website for further international travel advice. 

Transitting New Zealand

Transit passengers must meet strict requirements related to the passport they are travelling on.

All transit passengers must transit New Zealand in less than 24 hours, must remain airside, and cannot enter New Zealand. The only point of transit within New Zealand is Auckland International Airport.

Transit passenger information

Further Information

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is working with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.

For the latest immigration update with full details, please check here: Immigration New Zealand

Travel advice from the NZ Ministry of Health is available here: Ministry of Health