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

Borders open on 19 April, 2021 - here's the latest on quarantine, vaccine and testing requirements for Australians travelling to New Zealand.

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After months of talks about an Australia and New Zealand travel bubble, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced two-way, quarantine-free travel between the two countries will commence from Monday, 19 April, 2021. Until then, a one-way bubble is open only for New Zealanders travelling to Australia.

In this guide, we’ll 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?

Currently, the one-way travel bubble is only for New Zealanders to travel to Australia, however it will work in both directions from Monday, 19 April 2021. If you're looking to travel before then, you can only travel to New Zealand if you are a New Zealand resident or citizen, an Australian who lives in New Zealand or an essential worker with permission.

Latest information for New Zealand

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When can I travel to New Zealand? When will the New Zealand borders open?

New Zealand will open up its border to Australians on Monday, 19 April.

COVID-19 statistics in New Zealand vs Australia

Are there any exemptions for travelling to New Zealand?

There are a few exemptions that will let you travel now to New Zealand from Australia, including:

  • If you're a resident or citizen, you can travel home
  • Australians who live in New Zealand are also allowed to enter the country
  • Some other exemptions apply, but you must get permission from the government.

Can I travel to New Zealand if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

If you're travelling from Australia and are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand or an Australian resident or citizen who lives in New Zealand, you are allowed to return to your home in New Zealand.

Like any traveller entering the country, you will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.

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

Do I need a permit to enter New Zealand?

If you're travelling from Australia, you currently need to apply for and receive a "critical purpose visa” to travel to New Zealand. You can apply for one on New Zealand's immigration site.

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 for New Zealand?

Currently, Aussies will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry to New Zealand if they're travelling from, or have been to, almost all countries in the last 14 days. The test needs to be done no more than 72 hours prior to your flight to New Zealand.


If you spent some of the 14 days prior to entering New Zealand outside of the above countries or New Zealand, you'll need to get a COVID-19 test.

Some countries don't have the facilities to provide pre-departure testing for Australians and if you're travelling from those below countries, you'll need to visit a doctor and get a certificate noting that you don't have any symptoms.

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

If you're travelling to New Zealand from Australia as a citizen, resident or essential worker, you will need to:

  • Quarantine on arrival (You'll be assigned a room in a government-designated hotel)
  • Stay there for 14 days at your own expense.

For travellers from Australia, according to the New Zealand Government, it will cost:

  • $3,100 for the first or only person in the room, regardless of whether it's an adult or a child
  • Additional adults per room cost $950 per person
  • Children up to 17 years old staying in a room with an adult cost $475 per child

Frequently asked questions about travelling from Australia to New Zealand:

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