Open with restrictions

New Zealand Travel Restrictions

83.67% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 83.66% last week
Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter New Zealand.

New Zealand entry details and exceptions

The border is open to New Zealanders, vaccinated travelers from visa waiver countries. Travelers from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa can also enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival. Travelers can enter New Zealand isolation-free if (1) you are eligible to enter the border while it is restricted, including if you have a border exception and (2) you meet health requirements, including being fully vaccinated and getting pre-departure tests.

Entry to New Zealand is allowed provided that a traveler is a partner, a dependent child, or a family member of a student or work visa holder; a temporary visa holder; a resident holder; critical health workers including their partner or independent children; students; ship crew and humanitarians. The Request to Travel Form must be filled out prior to entry.

Travelers do not need to request for an approval if they are New Zealand citizens and permanent resident visa holders; diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand; Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand and eligible travelers from specific countries or regions.

Most travelers to New Zealand must have a negative PCR or RT-PCR test within 48 hours of the scheduled departure of their first international flight.

Travelers who are not coming from a quarantine-free travel zone are required to have a voucher confirming their place in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) before boarding their flight.

Learn more details about the country's entry rules in the New Zealand Immigration and NZ Unite Against Covid websites.


Outgoing travel to New ZealandTraveling from the United States to New Zealand

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from the United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken within 48 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to New Zealand.

Details and exceptions
Exemptions apply to the following:
1. Children who are under two years of age.
2. Travelers from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Antarctica, Norfolk Island, and most Pacific Islands.
3. Travelers from locations where New Zealand’s pre-departure testing standard is not available.
4. Travelers who cannot take a test due to medical reasons.
5. Travelers from specified countries and jurisdictions where obtaining a PCR test may be difficult or not possible can instead provide evidence of a supervised negative rapid antigen test (RAT) or a supervised loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test taken within 24 hours of departure.
For more details on the list of exemptions, please click HERE.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from the United States will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering New Zealand.

Details and exceptions
As of March 18, 2022 : Unvaccinated New Zealand citizens and those who are eligible to travel to New Zealand do not need to enter MIQ or to self-isolate.
Documents
Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.
Complete the Travel Declaration process to obtain a Travel Pass prior to arrival in New Zealand.

Return travelReturning to the United States from New Zealand

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travelers returning from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken within 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departure to the United States.

Details and exceptions
Effective:December 6th, 2021: A COVID-19 negative test result taken within 1 day before departure must be presented to the airline before boarding your flight. This applies to ALL incoming air travelers, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.
Children under the age of 2 are exempt from test requirements as well as travelers who have both valid proof or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and a letter from a valid healthcare authority who has stated that they are cleared for travel. Refer to the CDC Website for more details.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from New Zealand are not required to quarantine upon entering the United States.

Details and exceptions
Foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants) who are not fully vaccinated and are permitted to travel to the US by air by meeting certain vaccine exemptions are required to self quarantine for 7 days, unless they have a valid COVID-19 recovery document.
Travelers should also follow state and local requirements and recommendations after travel.

Other COVID-19 restrictions for New Zealand

Masks:Required on public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

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