Covid Update for New Zealand
Last update: 26/05/2021
All borders are closed to anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident (or partners and dependent children of either) of New Zealand, a national or permanent resident of Australia residing in New Zealand, or a passenger arriving from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue (they must have been in Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue for the past 14 days), as well as visa holders who have been granted an exemption before departure. Passengers traveling from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue must complete a health declaration online before check-in. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Pakistan, or Papua New Guinea are not allowed to enter, with the exception of passengers with a diplomatic passport and a diplomatic visa or members of the New Zealand Defence Force.Those who are permitted to enter the country will undergo medical screening and are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, with the exception of transit passengers. Transit through New Zealand is only possible through Auckland (AKL) and is only allowed for residents and nationals of New Zealand, Australian nationals, and travelers with a transit visa or NZeTA. Those in transit must remain airside and depart within 24 hours. Passengers arriving from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue are not allowed to transit through New Zealand to another of these locations. Furthermore, passengers are not allowed to transit through New Zealand to China (People’s Rep.), with the exception of nationals of China arriving from Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga or Vanuatu. Passengers transiting through New Zealand to Australia must have a confirmed onward ticket on a red zone flight within 14 days. Passengers aged 2 and older entering or transiting through New Zealand must carry a medical certificate showing that they tested negative for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Acceptable tests are antigen, LAMP, PCR and RT-PCR tests. Diplomatic or consular visa holders, New Zealand Defence Force personnel, and passengers arriving from the following locations are exempt from this: Antarctica, Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, or Vanuatu. As an alternative to the aforementioned certificate, passengers may instead present a medical certificate stating that they are not infectious with COVID-19 based on an examination performed no more than 72 hours before departure. Individuals arriving from the following country may instead use a certificate issued within 72 hours before departure confirming they are symptom-free: Albania, Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Laos, Montenegro, Myanmar, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan, or Turkmenistan. All passengers are required to have a voucher confirming their allocation to a place in a managed isolation, with the exception of passengers arriving from Australia (excluding New South Wales), Cook isl., or Nie, if they have only been in these locations or New Zealand within the previous 14 days . Airline crew who do not live in New Zealand must also have a certificate, either with a negative antigen, LAMP, PCR, or RT-PCR result from a test taken within 7 days before arrival; or a certificate issued within the preceding 7 days stating that they have no symptoms and cannot take a PCR test; or a certificate stating that they are not infectious if they tested positive over 7 days before arrival. Check the requirements for travelers of different nationalities to enter the country according to the New Zealand visa policy.