Quarantine-free travel

Last updated: 24 September 2021 

Australia quarantine free travel

Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand has been suspended due to the current Delta outbreaks. The government will review this decision in mid-to late November 2021.

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is suspended due to COVID-19 cases in the community in New Zealand.

Cook Islands quarantine free travel

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is paused. The Cook Islands Government has indicated that travel will remain paused until it is confident there is no community transmission in New Zealand. 

Travellers can return from the Cook Islands if they:

  • have not been at a location of interest in New Zealand
  • are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, and
  • do not have COVID symptoms.

More detailed information about quarantine-free travel arrangements with Australia and the Cook Islands 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 a managed isolation facility.

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 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 due to the current Delta outbreaks. The Government will review this decision in mid-to-late November 2021

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

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is suspended due to COVID-19 cases in the community in New Zealand.

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


Cook Islands

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is paused. The Cook Islands Government has indicated that travel will remain paused until it is confident there is no community transmission in New Zealand.

Travellers can return from the Cook Islands if they:

  • have not been at a location of interest in New Zealand
  • are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, and
  • do not have COVID symptoms.

Criteria

  • Travellers must have been in either the Cook Islands or New Zealand for at least 14 days before travel.
  • 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 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.


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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