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New Zealand

Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for New Zealand
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for New Zealand

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- All travellers are barred from entering except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, family of citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, and air and marine crew.
• Exemptions
- Immigration authorities can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for:
o humanitarian reasons;
o healthcare and other essential workers;
o nominated students;
o Samoan and Tongan nationals, for essential travel to New Zealand;
o the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand;
o normally resident work visa holders who departed New Zealand between 1 December 2019 and 9 October 2020.
o More information can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/critical-purpose-reasons-you-can-travel-to-new-zealand

(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- There are no restrictions on New Zealand nationals entering the country
• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals
- Australian citizens may enter the country without needing a visa or New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
- Eligible travellers from Niue, Cook Islands, and Australia can enter New Zealand by applying for a visa or NZeTA without needing a critical purpose.
- Applications for most temporary visas for people outside of New Zealand are suspended, except for partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents
• Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating
- Only New Zealand citizens and their immediate family members from Brazil, India, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea, which are designated as ‘very high risk’ countries. Other travellers, including New Zealand residents, can enter only if they spend 14 days outside a ‘very high risk’ country.
- More details can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/restrictions-on-travel-from-very-high-risk-countries

(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test? + Type of test and timeframe
- All travellers (except those from exempt locations) require a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight
- Only PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP and antigen test results will be accepted.
- All travellers from ‘very high risk’ countries must have evidence of negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR (PCR) test from an accredited laboratory.
• What information is required in the test result?
- Test results should have the traveller’s name, date of birth and/or passport number, date and time the test was conducted, name of testing lab, test type, and test result
- Either a hard copy or electronic copy is acceptable
• Exemptions
- The following travellers are exempt from the test requirements:
o Those coming from Antarctica, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
o Those coming from locations where the required pre-departure testing does not meet the standard required by New Zealand: Albania, Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Laos, Montenegro, Myanmar, Slovenia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Travellers from these locations must obtain a certificate from a medical practitioner no more than 72 hours before departure confirming they do not have symptoms which indicate they are likely to transmit COVID-19
o Children under two years of age
o Those who cannot take a test for medical reasons.
o Those who can provide a certificate showing they have recovered from a past case of COVID-19 and are no longer considered to be infectious.

(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long? Where can this be done?
- All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, must complete a 14-day quarantine or an isolation period at approved facilities upon arrival in the country.
- Arrivals assessed as being at high risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while other arrivals will stay in managed isolation facilities.
- Travellers to New Zealand need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in managed isolation. The booking can be placed through the following website: https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-zealand/secure-your-place-in-managed-isolation/
- Travellers from the Cook Islands, Niue, and Australia can travel to New Zealand without needing to undergo quarantine. They must have met immigration requirements and have spent 14 full days in the country. More details on quarantine-free travel from these countries can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/you-are-in-a-quarantine-free-travel-zone
• Approximate cost of quarantine
- New Zealand nationals who left New Zealand before 00.01 on 11 August 2020, will not have to pay if, on or after 1 June 2021, they return to stay in New Zealand for 180 days or longer.
- All other travellers will have to pay for quarantine. The charges are approximately NZD$5,520 for the entire duration and covers accommodation, food, transport, operational and support costs
- Fee waivers are available. For more details, please see: https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/waivers-for-charges/
• Additional tests in quarantine?
- Additional tests will be done within 24 hours of arriving and around day 3 and day 12 of your stay
• Exemptions
- Exemptions are allowed on a case-by-case basis. Most exemptions are granted for exceptional circumstances, people to join unaccompanied minors, people in transit, or people whose medical needs require hospital-level care.
- For more information on how to apply for an exemption, please see: https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/exemptions-from-isolation

(Until further notice)
• New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Passengers can only transit New Zealand via Auckland International Airport. Those transiting through New Zealand must apply for a transit visa, unless they are a New Zealand citizen or resident, from Australia or from a visa/transit visa waiver country.

Those requirements include that transiting passengers:
- Must remain airside/at airport transit area at all times;
- Cannot enter New Zealand;
- Have a maximum 24-hour window to leave on their onward flight;
- Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and
- Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.
- If travelling with a partner, and dependants aged 19 and below - include them in your visa application (if visa is required).

Passengers from a visa waiver country must hold an NZeTA before travel. An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on New Zealand Immigration's free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.

More information can be found at: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/visa-factsheet/transit-visa#:~:text=Transit%20travel,is%20more%20than%2024%20hours.

From 14 April 2021, only Chinese citizens travelling from Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu can transit New Zealand to China due to Chinese government health testing requirements. Other travellers will not be able to transit New Zealand to China. Please refer to your closest Chinese embassy for any special requests or further information.

(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Exemptions
- Travellers from New Zealand can fly quarantine-free to most states in Australia, Cook Islands, and Niue, as long as they have stayed in New Zealand for 14 days.

(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Suspensions
- New Zealand temporarily suspended its quarantine-free travel bubble with New South Wales (Australia) for at least 72 hours until 25 June.
Info: https://www.9news.com.au/national/nz-travel-bubble-paused-with-nsw-amid-sydney-covid19-cluster/36c52dbb-7ee9-4e6e-9cab-ef8462ba9b58
(Ends 25 June 2021)
Travellers from New Zealand can fly quarantine-free to most states in Australia, Cook Islands, and Niue, as long as they have stayed in New Zealand for 14 days.
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No

(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type?
- All businesses can operate, provided they can meet the rules to operate safely. They are required to display the official QR codes for the NZ COVID Tracer app.

(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Most of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. The Wellington region is at Alert Level 2 until 23.59 on 27 June. Travel between regions is permitted for Alert Levels 1 and 2.

(Ends 27 June 2021)
Other social distancing measures
• General
- All public transport operators, workplaces and businesses are legally required to display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code.
• Is mask wearing mandatory?
- Mask wearing is mandatory on public transport, domestic flights, and for taxi and rideshare drivers
- Those under the age of 12 and those with certain medical conditions are exempted.
• Schools
- All educational institutes are open
• Gatherings
- There are no limits to the number of people who can attend a social gathering or event in regions at Alert Level 1.
- In the Wellington region, which is under Alert Level 2, no more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
• Entertainment venues
- There is no limit to the number of people who can enter an entertainment venue.

(Ends 27 June 2021)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for New Zealand

COVID-19 information for New Zealand

Dedicated COVID-19 website


New Zealand is generally a safe travel destination. The primary threat to travellers and locals alike stems from natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. The crime rate is low. Street crime and theft, particularly from unattended vehicles, is rising, but from an extremely low base that compares favourably with the US and most European states. Kidnapping is virtually unknown in New Zealand and tends to be confined to the Asian community or as a result of domestic custody disputes. The risk of international terrorism, including Islamist extremism, is low. However, a major terrorist attack in Christchurch (Canterbury region, South Island) in 2019 underlines that far-right extremists with intent to carry out attacks pose a low-level threat in the country. More than 50 people were killed in the twin attacks on mosques in the city.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For New Zealand
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Routine Vaccinations

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