Quarantine-free travel

Last updated: 23 July 2021 

Quarantine-free travel with Australia is suspended

Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will be suspended from 11.59pm Friday 23 July 2021 for at least the next 8 weeks because of the worsening COVID-19 situation there.

For the next seven days there will be managed return flights for New Zealanders from all states and territories that will require proof of a negative pre-departure test. Additionally, those who have been in NSW will still have to go into MIQ for 14 days. And those who have been in Victoria must self-isolate upon return and have a negative Day 3 test.

More detailed information can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with Australia, the Cook Islands and Niue (one-way from Niue to New Zealand only).

Quarantine-free flights operate as ‘green’, with measures in place to keep travellers separate from ‘red’ flights in and out of New Zealand, where passengers do need to enter managed isolation.

At this stage quarantine-free travel is available by air travel only.

Quarantine-free travel is a positive step. But there are some differences from pre-COVID travel that travellers need to be aware of before booking. 

All travellers are advised that COVID-19 cases could change the conditions they are travelling under. Local health guidelines should be followed. This could mean your return is delayed and/or you may be asked to monitor symptoms, take a test before departing, isolate on arrival, or in some situations, go into managed isolation. 

By undertaking travel at this time, you are accepting that it will be your responsibility to manage any COVID-related travel disruption and associated costs.

If there is a disruption to quarantine-free travel overseas please visit Quarantine-free travel: Contact tracing locations of interest for more information. Or visit Unite against COVID-19.

This page outlines the requirements for these arrangements and where to go for more information.


Australia

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand has been suspended for eight weeks due to the worsening COVID-19 situation there.

Only people or ordinarily live in New Zealand can return from Australia on managed return flights. There are several important requirements that must be followed before travelling from Australia to New Zealand, including a pre-departure test.

Additionally, those who have been in NSW will still have to go into MIQ for 14 days. And those who have been in Victoria must self-isolate upon return and have a negative Day 3 test.

Travellers must follow these mandatory instructions in Section 70 health orders.

More detailed information on requirement for travel can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.


Cook Islands

Two-way quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands began on 17 May 2021. From that date travellers in either direction will not have to enter managed isolation.

Quarantine-free travel applies to all travellers in New Zealand and the Cook Islands who meet the eligibility requirements to travel.

Criteria

  • Travellers have to have been in either the Cook Islands or New Zealand for at least 14 days before travel. This means anyone wanting to travel between Australia and the Cook Islands would need to spend at least 14 days in New Zealand in the middle.
  • To be able to travel you must not have had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart. If you have, you must have written advice from a health practitioner that you are no longer infectious.
  • In addition, you cannot be waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test taken in the past 14 days or have been in contact with anyone suspected to have COVID-19.
  • There is no requirement for a pre-departure COVID-19 test, but travellers will have to complete a travel declaration before they travel, provide a health declaration at check-in and there will be random health checks at airports.
  • Normal immigration rules for entry into each country will continue to apply. Travellers will need to check what that means for their individual situation.

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For more detailed information, visit New Zealand’s Unite Against COVID-19 website and the Cook Islands website.

Travellers to the Cook Islands are also advised to protect themselves against mosquito bites due to a dengue 2 outbreak in the country. First declared on 2 February 2021, the outbreak is still on-going, with 180 cases reported as at 4 May 2021. Vector control measures, including mass clean-up, have been implemented.


Niue

You can travel from Niue to New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility. The Government is preparing for quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Niue, but there is no date for this yet.

For more information visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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