What you need to know about travelling to New Zealand from Australia during COVID-19

Here's the latest on quarantine, vaccine and testing requirements for Australians travelling to New Zealand.

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The two-way, quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is currently closed.

In this guide, we answer all of your questions about travelling between the two countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have more, feel free to get in touch or leave a comment below so we can help you travel easier.

Can I travel from Australia to New Zealand?

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is paused to all residents until further notice

Latest information for New Zealand

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Getting to New Zealand and travelling around once there

Which entry points in New Zealand are open to travellers from Australia?

New Zealand has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from Australia:
  • Open Borders: New Zealand is currently accepting travellers via air.
  • Open Airports: Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington
  • Open Ports: None

Which airlines are flying from Australia to New Zealand?

You can book flights to New Zealand with:
  • Air New Zealand
  • Jetstar
  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia (from late 2021

Many airlines are offering flexible bookings, so if you wanted to book a flight, as long as it's within the airline's flexible dates policy, you should be able to either change your dates or exchange them for a credit.

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As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in New Zealand?

Yes. There aren’t any areas of New Zealand that are still closed due to coronavirus outbreaks. Once in the country, you're free to travel anywhere.

What's open in New Zealand?

Milford Sound is ripe for cruising, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are ready to be explored and the country's endless tramping tracks await hikers from Australia. With next to no local restrictions in New Zealand, the country's major tourist attractions are welcoming tourists from back from Australia with open arms.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

Whether you're after a wine tour, adrenaline rush or scenic cruise, you're in luck. many of New Zealand's top attractions are open.

  • Bungy jump and canyon swings
  • Fox and Franz Josef glacier walks and valley hikes
  • Milford Sound cruises and day tours
  • Waitomo Gloworm Caves rafting and walking tours
Capacity restrictions are in place for most attractions, so it's recommended to book any of your must-do experiences in advance.
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  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: National parks throughout New Zealand are open to tourists, including popular parks such as Tongariro and Aoraki/Mount Cook. All beaches in New Zealand are open. All beaches in New Zealand are open.
  • Shopping centres and stores: Shopping centres and standalone stores are allowed to be open. Masks aren't required to be worn when inside the mall and most centres will be undergoing routine cleaning and have sanitisers available.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Restaurants, cafes and bars can serve guests at a full capacity at Alert Level 1. It's recommended that you track where you've dined with the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Can I cruise to or around New Zealand?

No domestic or international cruises, from Australia or elsewhere, that start or dock at New Zealand’s ports are currently operating. Although no date has been set for when they will return, cruises are currently bookable for Australians from November 2021.

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What are the entry requirements for New Zealand coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit to enter New Zealand?

Australian travellers only need to fill out a Travel Health Declaration prior to boarding their flight to New Zealand via the Ministry of Health - details required include:
  • Flight numbers and arrival date
  • Passport
  • Contact details for when you're in New Zealand
  • Emergency contact details
Standard visa requirements for Australians still apply.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

At this time, you don't need to show proof that you've had a COVID-19 vaccine to enter New Zealand from Australia.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing New Zealand?

Aussies need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result as part of the new pre-departure testing rules for New Zealand travel - the required test costs $200 per person.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in New Zealand?

As of 24 July, all Kiwis returning from Australia need to hotel-quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand for 14 days.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from Australia to New Zealand:

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