New Zealand’s borders are opening throughout 2022 without the need to isolate on arrival.
About travelling to New Zealand
To travel to New Zealand, you need to meet several requirements.
The steps below explain what evidence you need to provide to enter New Zealand.
Settings can change quickly – Immigration New Zealand will provide the latest information.
1. Check that you can come to New Zealand
New Zealand citizens and other eligible travellers can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival. To check if you are eligible, visit Immigration New Zealand’s website.
Most travellers to New Zealand must have had a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, although there are some exceptions.
Before travelling, make sure your passport is valid. You may also need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).
- Check if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz
- Vaccination requirements and approved vaccines
- Apply for an NZeTA | immigration.govt.nz
2. Book your travel
Book your travel to New Zealand.
Check the carrier’s policy about vaccination, cancellations and refunds in case your plans need to change.
You should also consider purchasing travel insurance in case your travel plans are affected. You should also consider booking suitable accommodation for self-isolation, should that be required.
3. Start the traveller declaration
All travellers must complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration before travelling to New Zealand. On completion, you will be issued with a Traveller Pass.
Start your declaration as soon as possible. You can start it 28 days before you travel.
4. Get a pre-departure test
Most travellers must have a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test to enter New Zealand.
Make sure your pre-departure test documentation meets New Zealand’s standards. You can download and print the template below to ensure health professionals supervising your test are providing the information required.
There are some reasons for which you may not require a pre-departure test. You can find the list of valid reasons for a pre-departure test exemption below. You may be required to show evidence of your exemption.
5. Complete the traveller declaration
To complete your traveller declaration, you need to provide:
- passport details
- travel information
- proof of vaccination (if required)
- travel history for the past 14 days
- contact details in New Zealand
- emergency contact details
- proof of a pre-departure test – unless exempt
Double check the details you have entered into the traveller declaration to ensure they match your official documentation.
You need to show your Traveller Pass when you check-in at the airport, and to Customs in New Zealand. It can be printed or saved on your mobile device. You should still carry all the relevant paperwork with you that you’ve uploaded to the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.
6. At the airport
You will be asked if you have COVID-19 symptoms by airline staff.
If applicable, you will need your:
- ticket for your travel
- completed Traveller Declaration
- evidence of your vaccination status
- negative pre-departure test result.
7. Arriving in New Zealand
Customs will verify your travel history, negative pre-departure test result, vaccination status, Traveller Declaration, and any other entry requirements. Expect some delays as you transit through the airport.
At Biosecurity, you will be given your welcome pack. Your welcome pack includes:
- rapid antigen test (RAT) kits
- a guide to testing and uploading your results.
Complete your tests and upload your results as instructed.