Border closures

New Zealanders

Currently, New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to "do not travel" — the highest level — for all destinations except the Cook Islands.

Where can you travel to? You can travel from New Zealand to Australia or the Cook Islands without needing to enter managed isolation. You must meet immigration requirements and eligibility criteria. Make sure you keep up to date on quarantine- free travel requirements. However, the New Zealand Government advises people in New Zealand "do not travel to Australia".

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is suspended from 11:59pm on 23 July 2021.

Returning 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.

Travelling from a 'very high risk' country to New Zealand 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:

  • India
  • Brazil
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pakistan

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.

Cook Islands

For the Cook Islands, the New Zealand Government advises you to "exercise increased caution". The New Zealand Government is urging any New Zealanders currently travelling overseas to register with SafeTravel. If you register, you will receive notification of any changes made to travel advice.

Foreign nationals

Foreign nationals travelling in New Zealand are recommended to consider returning home as soon as they can.

Quarantine-free travel

New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with some countries and territories. Make sure you check what you need to do before you travel, and what you might have to do if the COVID-19 situation changes.

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