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Travel to New Zealand: Latest update - July 2022

Updated: 6 days ago

  • You do not need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter New Zealand.

  • Most travellers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.

  • If you transit through New Zealand, you no longer need to be vaccinated or complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

Find out what you need to do enter New Zealand

Complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration

Anyone flying to New Zealand must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration. You will be asked to upload proof of your vaccination status.

You do not need to complete the traveller declaration if you transit through New Zealand.

Complete your traveller declaration(external link)


Before you travel: Check if you can enter New Zealand

New Zealand’s borders are reopening in stages throughout 2022. Check the Immigration New Zealand website to see if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand. Who is eligible to travel to NZ under current border settings | Immigration NZ


Check your passport and apply for a visa if you need one

Your passport must be valid. Check its expiry date to make sure it meets the rules for acceptable travel documents.

If you are a New Zealand citizen and you need to renew your passport, make sure you allow plenty of time before you travel.

Get or renew your passport | link)

Check that your passport is acceptable for travel to New Zealand | Immigration NZ(external link)


Make sure you have enough money for your stay and a travel ticket out of New Zealand

Find out more about conditions of your travel | Immigration NZ


You may need a visa or NZeTA to enter New Zealand

If you are not a New Zealand or Australian citizen, you may need to apply for a visa or a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter New Zealand.

Check if you need a visitor visa or NZeTA |


Check you meet vaccination requirements

If you are aged 17 years and over, and are not a New Zealand citizen, resident or Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand, you must meet vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand.

Children aged 16 years and under do not need to be vaccinated.

You need a digital vaccine passport or another form of electronic or paper document from a government health authority confirming you have had a full COVID-19 vaccine course.

Check your passport’s first name and surname match your proof of vaccination documentation. If the names are different, ask your health provider to update your details.

Check the vaccination requirements


Get travel insurance

hen coming to New Zealand to visit, study or work, we strongly encourage you to get travel insurance. 

Some visa categories require you to hold insurance as a condition of your visa.

Before you buy travel insurance, we recommend you check what cover it provides for COVID-19-related events, including medical treatment and travel disruption.


Reciprocal health agreements

New Zealand has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom (UK). A range of services are not publicly funded, and these differ between countries. If you travel to New Zealand from Australia or the UK, we still recommend buying travel insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment you may need while you are in New Zealand.

Reciprocal health agreements and what they cover | Ministry of Health(external link)(external link)


If you have an accident while in New Zealand

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) covers everyone, including visitors, who are injured in an accident in New Zealand.

Find out what injuries are covered | ACC


If you are unwell before your flight

If you are unwell with COVID-19-type symptoms before your flight, the airline may not allow you to board your flight. They may ask for proof that your symptoms are not COVID-19.

  • A medical certificate issued by a health professional — for example, a doctor, confirming you do not have COVID-19. You must get the medical certificate a maximum of 48 hours before your international flight.

  • A negative COVID-19 test — either a PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before your first international flight or a supervised RAT or LAMP test taken a maximum of 24 hours before your first international flight.

You are responsible for paying for your test or for providing a medical certificate.