Government agency Immigration New Zealand updates official information on current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus.

New Zealand alert level raised

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

 At 11:59pm on Wednesday, 25 March the Alert Level was raised to Level 4. 

This means that New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household until the alert level is reduced. Visitors still in New Zealand are also required to self-isolate in their accommodation during this period.

Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open. 

Travel to New Zealand 

The New Zealand Government has further strengthened travel restrictions, closing the borders to non-residents in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions are effective from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZT).
New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family can still come to New Zealand. However, immediate family members must be travelling with the New Zealand citizen or resident family member on the same flight to New Zealand.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally reside in New Zealand can still transit via, and return to New Zealand.

All travellers to New Zealand must isolate themselves upon arrival until the Alert Level is lowered.

Travellers in New Zealand

Everyone travelling in New Zealand should consider returning home as soon as they are able to. As the global situation changes, and more borders close, it will become harder to travel.
  • Visitors seeking assistance with finding temporary accommodation for self-isolation should call the Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163.
  • Self-contained vehicles can be used as accommodation by persons that are self-isolating.  Self-contained vehicles have a toilet, water and waste facilities and will display a sticker confirming they meet the Self-Containment Standard. They must remain at the same site for four weeks or until the Alert Level is reduced.
  • Vehicles that are not self-contained must not be used for self-isolation.   Those currently living in vehicles that are not self-contained must find alternative accommodation while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4. 
For the latest COVID-19 update for visitors and tourists in New Zealand, please visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website.

Transit passengers

The New Zealand borders are closed to incoming transit passengers. Immigration New Zealand will not allow uplift for any passenger who are shceduled to enter New Zealand transit area after 0200 Thursday 26 March NZT. 

There will be an exemption to transit restriction in the case where passengers departing from New Zealand are disembarking at an overseas port where there is a Government to Govermnet agreement that those passengers will be accepted as part of the repatriation. 

 If you have clients who are offshore and need to transit via New Zealand or Australia after these travel windows, please ask them to contact their relevant Embassy or High Commission. 

Please visit Immigration New Zealand for further 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