COVID-19: Travellers

Information for people travelling to New Zealand.

Last updated: 22 September 2022

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From 11:59pm Monday September 12, travellers to New Zealand are not required to be vaccinated or to test for COVID-19 after arriving. This includes air arrivals, aircrew, and people arriving by ship. The requirement to not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms has also been removed. All travellers are however encouraged to complete a Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 RAT, regardless of whether they have any COVID-19 symptoms. If one of their RATs is positive, they should report that result, get a PCR test, and tell testing staff they have recently been overseas.

With these changes, the Quarantine Free Travel arrangements for travellers from certain Pacific Island countries are no longer required. Therefore, these arrangements have ended.   

A New Zealand travel pass must be issued to all air arrivals, before they enter the country. This can be done through the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website.

A step-by-step guide on what you need to do to travel to New Zealand by air can be found on the Unite against covid-19 website.

Arriving in New Zealand by air

All air arrivals entering the country must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration and be issued a travel pass. Your travel pass is linked to your passport and, if done online, allows you to use the e-gates after landing. Alternatively, your travel pass can be printed out or saved to your mobile device.

Travel passes already issued through the Nau Mai Rā website are no longer accepted. You must apply for a new travel pass through the New Zealand Traveller Declaration site.  


COVID-19 vaccinations

All travellers to New Zealand by air or sea are strongly encouraged to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, before coming to New Zealand. Vaccination remains a significant tool for preventing infection and COVID-19 symptoms, and reducing severe illness. It also means you could have no COVID-19 symptoms or will have much fewer, milder symptoms and recover faster.

*As of 11:59pm 12 September, all mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirements for travellers have been removed.


Testing on arrival  

Entering by Air

After flying to New Zealand you are encouraged to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day 0/1 and day 5/6 after arriving, even if you have no COVID symptoms (children under 6 months old are not asked to test).

All positive RAT results should be reported.

  • If you have a National Health Index number, you can upload your positive RAT result on My Covid Record
  • if you don’t have a National Health Index number, please report your positive result by calling the COVID-19 Test Results Line (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) at:

You must self-isolate for 7 days after testing positive, or after you first noticed any COVID symptoms.  You are also encouraged to get a PCR test from a community testing centre or healthcare provider. PCR tests provide valuable information about potential new variants of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Please tell the person who does your test that you have recently been overseas. You can find out where to get a PCR test at www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19. You can leave self-isolation to get a PCR.

If you develop symptoms more than 7 days after arriving in New Zealand, please do another RAT. You are not asked to do another PCR test.

People arriving in New Zealand by ship are not asked to test, if they don’t have any COVID symptoms.

Travellers arriving by sea, or transiting through New Zealand

Travellers arriving by ship, or transiting through New Zealand, do not need a New Zealand traveller pass, and are not asked to test for COVID-19 unless they are symptomatic.


Insurance

Travellers should check (before they travel) their insurance covers them for the treatment of COVID-19, and for what they will need to do if they get COVID-19 while in New Zealand ― such as changing flights, or self-isolating in a hotel.

The only people who automatically qualify for the same publicly funded COVID-19 healthcare as New Zealand citizens and residence-class visa holders are:

  • Australian citizens or residence-class visa holders; and
  • citizens of the United Kingdom.

COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for people who are symptomatic, are provided free to anyone in New Zealand (apart from pre-departure tests for overseas travel).

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