updated on 20.11.2020
The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Travellers to New Zealand from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory.
You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight.
Only a small number of people can travel to New Zealand, such as New Zealand citizens and people with a critical purpose to travel. You may need to request to travel first.
You can come here without first requesting to travel if you are:
· a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
· a resident with valid travel conditions, unless you got a resident visa outside New Zealand and you have never used it to travel here
· a partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident, and your visa is based on this relationship
· a diplomat who holds a post in New Zealand.
· Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
If you are a dependent child you must be younger than 20 if you have a temporary visa, or younger than 25 if you have a resident visa.
Anyone else coming to New Zealand must be coming for a critical purpose and they must request approval from us (New Zealand government) first. Travel must be for a reason that we think is critical and is on our critical purpose list.
source: New Zealand government
*Entry to New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals. New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption. There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process: partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents; Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand; essential health workers; other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government; Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel; New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand; critical humanitarian travel; maritime crew. On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website.
The website also includes information on how to submit a request for travel to New Zealand. A request for approval to travel to New Zealand can take up to two days to process.
*Quarantine requirements: Anyone entering New Zealand is required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.
From 5 October, travellers to New Zealand will need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in a managed isolation facility. Before you book your flights, you need to register for a voucher for managed isolation. Your voucher allocates you a place in a managed isolation facility.
Provision of a voucher for managed isolation does not guarantee entry into New Zealand. You must first ensure you qualify to enter the country under New Zealand’s border restrictions.
There are a few exceptional circumstances in which people can apply for an exemption from managed isolation. Visit the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for more information.
On 11 August, the New Zealand government introduced legislation relating to charges for managed isolation for New Zealanders and permanent residents.
You will be liable for a managed isolation charge if you are currently overseas and return to NZ for a period of less than 90 days; or you leave NZ after the regulations came into effect (12.01am on 11 August 2020) and return at a later date.