COVID-19: Border controls

Border control measures for COVID-19 when entering New Zealand. This includes information on managed isolation and quarantine.

Last updated: 21 June 2022

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Travellers whose first international flight to New Zealand departed after 11:59pm (NZ time) on Monday 20 June 2022 are not required to have a pre-departure COVID-19 test. From the same date, passengers transiting through New Zealand no longer need to be vaccinated, or toned to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

New Zealand’s borders are reopening to all tourists and visa holders from 11:59pm 31 July 2022. This includes the maritime border, which will also be reopening to foreign-flagged vessels, including cruise ships, on 31 July.  Travel requirements will be announced as they are confirmed.

Travellers from visa-waiver countries and those with valid visitor visas who meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, can currently travel to New Zealand. Most travellers are required to complete two RATs after arriving.

Who can enter New Zealand?

The New Zealand border is opening in 5 steps under Reconnecting New Zealanders to the world (RNZ). Information on who can enter New Zealand: Reopening the New Zealand border | Immigration New Zealand

In some cases, you can apply for an exemption e.g., as an essential worker or for medical reasons.

Apply to Immigration for an exemption to the border closure

For information on when various groups of travellers can enter New Zealand, refer to the RNZ plan: Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World | Unite against COVID-19 (

Requirements for international air arrivals to New Zealand

All travellers flying into New Zealand must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration prior to check-in via the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website. As part of the application process, travellers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test.

Further information: COVID-19: Travellers

Information for those who do not have to be vaccinated to travel to New Zealand:

On arrival in New Zealand by air, travellers are required to undertake two Rapid Antigen Tests, on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6. Further information on testing requirements: Testing requirements after arriving in New Zealand | Unite against COVID-19 (

The only exception to the testing requirement is for travellers arriving from the following Pacific countries and who have been in those countries for at least 14 days prior:

  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Tokelau
  • Tuvalu

Managed isolation and quarantine

Travellers from the following groups may be able to enter a Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility in certain circumstances:

  • Evacuees from Afghanistan.
  • Refugees, arriving in New Zealand for the first time.
  • For a short time, people who were expecting to enter MIQ, and who are not able to make alternative accommodation arrangements
  • International aircrew.
  • Researchers and scientists recently arrived from Antarctica.
  • Arrivals from Ukraine entering under special visas.

Find out more: Managed Isolation and Quarantine website.

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