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Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand’s borders are opening in stages throughout 2022.

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.

You no longer need a pre-departure test to travel to 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).

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. 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

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.

5. At the airport

If applicable, you will need your:

  • passport
  • visa – if required
  • ticket for your travel
  • completed Traveller Declaration
  • evidence of your vaccination status

If you are unwell prior to your flight

If you are unwell prior to your flight, or have COVID-19-like symptoms such as Hayfever, you may be asked by airline check-in staff if you have symptoms. If you are asked you will need to provide:

  • a medical certificate from a health professional to confirm you are not infectious or do not have COVID-19 (they must have been examined in the 48 period prior to their flight)
  • or proof of a negative result of a supervised COVID-19 test. Approved pre-departure tests are:
    • a PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before your first international flight to New Zealand
    • a supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test taken a maximum of 24 hours before your first international flight to New Zealand.

6. Arriving in New Zealand

Customs will verify your travel history, , 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.

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