UPDATE: New Zealand travel and COVID-19 information


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

While there has been either no or only limited community spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand for some time, there is a mandatory 14-day isolation period and testing for all arrivals (with the exception of travellers from the Cook Islands).

The New Zealand Government is working on plans to open the borders between New Zealand and Australia. This would allow quarantine-free travel between the countries. Preparations are underway and further announcements will be made as plans progress. 

Travellers from the Cook Islands are eligible for quarantine-free travel into New Zealand.

Travel to New Zealand

Travellers are tested for COVID-19 on arrival, and during the mandatory 14-day managed quarantine or isolation period. 

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 but they must obtain a voucher for managed isolation. 

Visa processing for most 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, which includes a limited number of international students, but the criteria for granting an exception are very strict. 

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

Pre-departure requirements 

Before departure for New Zealand, international travellers must comply with certain requirements. 

All in-bound travellers must have a voucher confirming that they have an allocated place in managed isolation before they can confirm and board their flight.

A negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result from a certified laboratory service is required for all travellers, with the exception of Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Islands. Testing needs to be carried out within the 72 hours before departure and applies to travellers arriving in or transiting through New Zealand.
Pre-departure testing information

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.

ALERT LEVEL: New Zealand is currently operating at Alert Level 1 (normal life). Masks are required on public transport and flights. Everyone is advised to observe hygiene precautions, to use the government contact tracing app to record all visits to shops, hospitality and public places outside their home, to stay at home if unwell and seek medical advice. 

Transiting through New Zealand

Transit passengers must meet strict requirements related to the passport they are travelling on.
​NOTE: There is no New Zealand to China transit available. 

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

Managed Isolation, Quarantine and Allocation

New Zealand has a system of managed isolation and quarantine requiring all international arrivals to go into managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days. The only exceptions are passengers from the Cook Islands, who have quarantine-free travel into New Zealand.

Managed isolation charges for arrivals came into force on 11 August. There are some exceptions to who is required to pay. 

Any passenger flying to New Zealand is required to present a voucher confirming they have an allocated place in a managed isolation facility before boarding their flight. Airlines are not permitted to board passengers to New Zealand who do not have a voucher, unless they are exempt from using the Managed Isolation Allocation System.

Travellers can obtain their voucher from the Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIAS) online portal.

For specific information on the process and charges visit the MIQ website.

Further Information