LATEST UPDATES: New Zealand border and COVID-19 information

Travellers from Australia are now eligible for quarantine-free travel into New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government opened the borders for a ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ -- quarantine-free travel -- between New Zealand and Australia on 19 April. The travel zone applies to travellers able to meet eligibility criteria.  

While quarantine-free travel into New Zealand also applies to residents of the Cook Islands and Niue, the New Zealand border remains closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled. 

For arrivals from outside the quarantine-free zone, there is a mandatory 14-day isolation period and testing. Negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results are also required.

Latest border updates 

IMPORTANT: Border updates may change as the New Zealand Government monitors and applies conditions related to the evolving COVID-19 situation in individual countries. Please consult NZ Immigration for the latest travel and border advice.

A new ‘very high risk country' category will reduce the number of people with COVID-19 flying to New Zealand. Travellers to New Zealand from these countries (currently Brazil, India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea) are restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of children who are New Zealand citizens. NZ Immigration – Very High Risk Countries  

Australia – New Zealand quarantine-free zone

Travellers from Australia who meet eligibility criteria are able to enter New Zealand without having to complete a managed isolation period. Travellers from New Zealand can enter Australia without having to go into managed isolation.

Flights between Australia and New Zealand are listed as green (quarantine-free) or red (for those required to quarantine). Normal requirements for immigration apply.

Travellers from outside Australia can fly quarantine-free into New Zealand so long as they have already met Australia’s managed isolation and quarantine requirements. They also need to meet immigration rules and eligibility criteria. Immigration NZ - Quarantine-free Zone

COOK ISLANDS & NIUE:  New Zealand has a Safe Travel Zone with the Cook Islands and Niue which allows quarantine-free travel into New Zealand for eligible travellers. Immigration NZ – travel from Cook Islands and Niue 

Travel to New Zealand

All travellers arriving from other parts of the world 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 international arrivals to go into managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days. The only exceptions are passengers from the Cook Islands and Niue, who now have quarantine-free travel into New Zealand. From 19 April, this will also apply to passengers from Australia.

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