Leaving New Zealand

What you need to do if you are planning on leaving New Zealand 

Plan before you travel 

Before travelling overseas we recommend you check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. Check: 

  • the official website of the country you wish to enter or transit, or 
  • that country’s diplomatic representative in New Zealand. 

Many countries require travellers to self-isolate on arrival, show proof of vaccination or have a negative COVID-19 test result before they can travel. 

Register with SafeTravel. If you register, you will receive notification of any changes made to travel advice. 

Register your details with SafeTravel 

International Travel Vaccination Certificate 

Anyone 12 years and over who has had any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in New Zealand can now request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate. 

Requesting your certificate takes just 1-2 minutes and will be emailed to you within 24 hours. You can get your Certificate through My Covid Record. If you cannot access this service, call 0800 222 478

Find out about International Travel Vaccination Certificates 

Pre-departure test if you are leaving NZ 

Some countries require travellers to have a negative COVID-19 test result before departing.  

Check the requirements of the country you are travelling to by contacting their local high commission, embassy or consulate in New Zealand. 

Getting a pre-departure test 

  1. When your travel plans are confirmed, contact Healthline or your doctor. 
  1. Find out when you can go in for a test. The test needs to be taken as close as possible to your departure — check the timing that applies to your country. 
  1. You may need to pay for the test. 
  1. Your test will be sent to a local laboratory, which will provide a result to your doctor or you directly.  
  1. A health provider will let you know the result of the test. It can take several days for test results to be available, so make sure you do not leave it too late. 
  1. Assuming the test is negative, you will be given an electronic or paper copy of the results to take to the airport. If your test is positive, your health provider will talk with you about what happens next. 
  1. Take your negative test results with you to airport check-in. You may need to show your results to customs or immigration on arrival at your destination. 

Further travel advice from the Ministry of Health 

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