Quarantine-free travel: Contact tracing locations of interest

What to do in the event there are COVID-19 cases in countries we have quarantine-free travel arrangements with, which include: Australia, Cook Islands and Niue.

Last updated: 15 June 2021

For the latest travel advice on travelling to/from Australia, or from Cook Islands and Niue, see Quarantine-free travel.


Locations of interest are for people who may be contacts of COVID-19 cases in the community. If, while travelling, you attended a location of interest during the relevant timeframes you are asked to follow the directions below.

Australia

For New Zealanders travelling to Australia, advice is to use the local COVID tracer app for the region they are visiting to get local information and advice.

To check for the latest information about COVID-19 and locations of interest in the local state you are visiting, please go to the Australian Department of Health website.

Locations of interest

There are more locations of interest in Queensland (5-8 June 2021), New South Wales (1-5 June 2021) and Victoria (since 18 May 2021).

Check the list of locations on the government websites for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. If you have been at a location of interest at the times specified:

  • isolate and get advice on testing
  • call Healthline (0800 358 5453) if you are in New Zealand 
  • follow the health advice of the state government in Australia

You CANNOT travel to New Zealand within 14 days from when you were at the location of interest.

To check if you are eligible to fly to New Zealand from Australia see below and visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

View relevant Border and Health Orders.

Pre-departure testing

Pre-departure testing has been introduced for some travellers. Note that at check-in you must be able to provide a valid testing report from an authorised or accredited laboratory including the following information:

  • traveller’s name, date of birth and/or passport number
  • date and time the test was conducted
  • name of testing lab
  • test type - PCR is preferred
  • test result

Find out more about what you have to do: pre-departure testing.

For people who have been in Melbourne and the state of Victoria

On 10 June 2021 the travel pause between the state of Victoria and New Zealand was extended for a further 7 days. Return green flights are available for some travellers**.

Check Victoria Health’s location details and relevant times which are updated daily.

Please note new locations of interest in Melbourne and Victoria since 18 May: if you did attend a location of interest at the relevant time and have returned to New Zealand, please monitor for symptoms. We encourage you to call Healthline for any further queries.

Check the table below for instructions on what to do if you wish to travel to New Zealand or have returned to New Zealand.

** As of 9 June 2021 you can return to New Zealand if you who have been in Greater Melbourne and you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a residence class visa;
  • last departed from New Zealand after 5 April 2021 and are:
    • the holder of a temporary visa granted under the Immigration Act 2009; or
    • an Australian citizen; or
    • the holder of a current permanent residence visa issued by the Government of Australia
  • are spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children, or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories.

You must carry evidence of a negative pre-departure PCR test administered no more than 72 hours before departure which complies strictly with the guidelines above on what detail is required to be produced.

View relevant Border and Health Orders.

Where you visited Dates you were there Visited Location of interest? Location now What to do Other requirements/Travel
Greater Melbourne From 11.59pm 27 May NO or YES All Victoria or another Australian state

You can only travel to New Zealand if you meet the criteria above **

  • A Pre-Departure test is required within 72 hrs of departure.

If YES, you cannot travel for 14 days from time at location of interest

Provide a valid test report at check-in. 

Greater Melbourne From 7.59pm (NZT) 25 May to 11.59pm 27 May NO Another Australian state Can travel to New Zealand as per the following criteria:
  • A Pre-Departure test is required 72 hrs before departure
 
Provide a valid test report at check-in.  
State of Victoria (other than Greater Melbourne) From 7.59pm (NZT) 25 May NO Regional Victoria or another Australian state Can travel to New Zealand.
  • A Pre-Departure test is required 72 hrs before departure.
 
Provide a valid test report at check-in.  
Greater Melbourne 20 – 25 May YES or NO New Zealand We will have contacted you to advise you to remain isolated until you receive a negative test result. If you have not been contacted, please call Healthline. We encourage you to call Healthline for any further queries.  
        To return to Melbourne: A Pre-Departure test is required 72 hrs before departure Provide a valid test report at check-in.

 

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