New Zealand Entry Requirements – COVID-19



Entry to New Zealand is strictly controlled as the country remains closed to almost all travellers in an attempt to curb the COVID-19 wave.

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NZ entry requirements covid

  • All passengers, except those arriving from Australia, Antarctica, Albania, Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Laos, Montenegro, Myanmar, Slovenia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, the Grenadines, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pacific Islands must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure of the first flight.

Accepted tests include RT ‑ PCR and LAMP/ Antigen.

The following categories of passengers are exempted from the COVID‑19 test requirements:

  • Children less than two years of age;
  • Diplomatic and consular personnel, and New Zealand Defence Force personnel, who are currently exempt from the Air Border Order and/or managed COVID‑19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020;
  • Individuals granted permission to enter New Zealand for humanitarian reasons, including medical evacuations from the Pacific;
  • Individuals arriving in New Zealand by air from Antarctica.

Passengers travelling from safe zones in Australia will not be required to enter managed isolation or quarantine on arrival in New Zealand.


  • All other travellers, including people holding residence class visas, must spend at least 14 days outside of very high-risk countries before flying to New Zealand. Transit through a very high-risk country is excluded from the 14-day requirement.
  • Visitors from the Cook Islands are allowed a quarantine-free entry into New Zealand
  • All passengers arriving in New Zealand must book accommodation at a managed isolation and quarantine facility before travel and must hold the “MIQ” voucher upon arrival in New Zealand.

Passengers can get a voucher for their stay from the Managed Isolation Allocation System website. A printed or digital copy of the voucher must be presented at check‑in.

Who can enter New Zealand covid

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. Only the following categories of passengers travelling from very high‑risk countries will be accepted for travel to New Zealand:

  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions (excluding people granted a resident visa outside New Zealand and who are travelling to New Zealand on that resident visa for the first time).
  • Partners, dependent children (aged 19 years or under if they hold a temporary visa or 24 and under if they hold a resident visa) of New Zealand citizens or residents who hold a visa based on their relationship with a New Zealand citizen or resident partner or parent.

Partners of New Zealand citizens can be a spouse, civil union partner or de‑facto partner.

  • Diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand.

The following countries are currently considered very high risk: Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. Non‑New Zealand citizens are required to hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand.

Is New Zealand covid-19 free

No, New Zealand is not free from COVID-19. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Alert Level 1 notice for all of New Zealand meaning there is a low Level of COVID-19 in the country.

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Akesse Sanza

Akesse Sanza is a Ghanaian Travel Blogger, Travel and Tourism Consultant, and Anti-human Trafficking And Safe Migration advocate. Akesse loves everything Travel & Tourism and aims to see every single country in the world.


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