New Zealand (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantined for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Closed
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of New Zealand;
– permanent residents of New Zealand;
– partner or dependent child of a national or a permanent resident of New Zealand. Their visa must be based on the relationship;
– nationals or permanent residents of Australia residing in New Zealand;
– passengers who have a visa and have been granted an exemption before departure; details can be found at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand ;
– passengers arriving from Cook Isl. or Niue if they in the past 14 days have only been in Cook Isl., New Zealand or Niue.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Brazil, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of New Zealand;
– partner or dependent child of a national of New Zealand;
– parent of a dependent child who is a national of New Zealand.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of New Zealand;
– nationals of Australia if they have not been in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea in the past 14 days;
– residents of New Zealand if they have not been in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) if they have not been in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a visa issued by New Zealand if they have not been in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea in the past 14 days.
4. Passengers are not allowed to transit through New Zealand to Australia, Cook Isl. or Niue if they are arriving from Australia, Cook Isl. or Niue.
5. Passengers are not allowed to transit through New Zealand to China (People’s Rep.).
– This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) arriving from Cook Isl., Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga or Vanuatu.
6. Transit is only allowed at Auckland (AKL) for maximum 24 hours.
7. Passengers transiting through New Zealand to Australia must have a confirmed onward ticket on a red zone flight within 14 days.
8. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first international embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR and TMA tests. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/39tsn56h
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Antarctica, Australia, Cook Isl., Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu;
– passengers arriving from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea;
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– passengers with a medical certificate specifying that the passenger cannot take a test due to medical reasons and does not have COVID-19 symptoms. The certificate must be issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– passengers with a diplomatic or consular visa;
– passengers who are members of the New Zealand Defence Force;
– passengers arriving from Albania, Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Montenegro, Myanmar, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan or Turkmenistan. They must have a medical certificate issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point and it must confirm that they have no COVID-19 symptoms.
9. Passengers arriving from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first international embarkation point. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed at https://tinyurl.com/uav8cadf
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
10. Passengers arriving from Australia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first international embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who have been in Australia for 72 hours or less;
– passengers younger than 2 years.
11. Passengers must have a voucher confirming their allocation to a place in managed isolation.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Cook Isl. if they in the past 14 days have only been in Cook Isl. or New Zealand;
– passengers arriving from Niue if they in the past 14 days have only been in New Zealand or Niue.
12. Passengers arriving from Australia, Cook Isl. or Niue must complete a health declaration before check-in. The declaration can be obtained at https://naumaira.covid19.govt.nz/ or https://border.covid19.govt.nz
13. Passengers could be subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
14. Airline crew not residing in Australia or New Zealand must have:
– a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR and TMA tests. The test must have been taken at most 7 days before arrival; or
– a medical certificate issued at most 7 days before arrival. The certificate must confirm that they have no COVID-19 symptoms and they cannot take a COVID-19 test due to particular needs; or
– a medical certificate specifying that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and are not contagious, if they were tested positive at most 7 days before arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel restrictions apply to all arrivals into New Zealand by air or sea.

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is suspended.

New Zealand citizens and residents. You have a legal right to come to New Zealand if you are:

-a New Zealand citizen
-a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions.

If you are travelling from a ‘very high risk’ country

Travel from very high risk countries is temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens.

The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk:

Brazil
Fiji
India
Indonesia
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea

Travel restrictions for very high risk countries (https://bit.ly/2YzH0Ai)

You have a critical purpose to travel

You may be able to travel to New Zealand while the border is closed if we consider you have a critical purpose to travel.

Critical purpose reasons to travel | immigration.govt.nz (https://bit.ly/3hk9eFQ)

Most people who are not New Zealand citizens or residents legally must get approval from Immigration NZ before travelling to New Zealand. Some people do not need to request to travel.

Information from Immigration NZ:

Immigration during COVID-19 (https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19)
New Zealand border entry requirements (https://bit.ly/2YIZluZ)

You are travelling quarantine-free

New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with some countries. Travelling quarantine-free means you do not have to enter managed isolation. Normal immigration rules apply for quarantine-free travel.

Travel quarantine-free to New Zealand from some countries (https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantine-free-travel/)

Exceptions for some vessels

There are exceptions for some vessels. These include cargo ships, fishing vessels unloading catch, and ships coming from Antarctica.

Guidance for the maritime sector | health.govt.nz

Pre-departure testing to enter NZ

Most people must have a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test result before travelling to New Zealand. Some people do not need to get pre-departure tests.

Requirements for pre-departure testing for travellers to New Zealand (https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/pre-departure-tests-to-enter-new-zealand/)

Entering managed isolation or quarantine

It is important that people returning to New Zealand do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand.

If you are returning to New Zealand, you legally must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine, unless you are arriving under quarantine-free travel. You will also be tested for COVID-19 during your stay in a facility.

Managed isolation and quarantine (https://bit.ly/3nkBM5K)
 

Lockdown Details

Auckland is at Alert Level 4. This will be reviewed by the Government on Monday 13 September.

The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 3. This will be reviewed by Government on Monday 6 September.

Click here to find out what this means https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/current-alert-level/
 

Sources

https://nz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co