The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. The following categories of passengers may travel to and enter New Zealand without first seeking approval:
- New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions (excluding people granted a resident visa outside New Zealand and who are travelling to New Zealand on that resident visa for the first time).
- Partners, dependent children (aged 19 years or under if they hold a temporary visa or 24 and under if they hold a resident visa) of New Zealand citizens or residents who hold a visa based on their relationship with a New Zealand citizen or resident partner or parent.
- Diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand.
Passengers may be allowed to travel to and enter New Zealand while the border is closed in the following instances:
- You qualify as someone to whom the border closure does not apply, or
- If NZ immigration considers that the passenger has a critical purpose for travel while the border is closed and thereby grants a visa which recognises this.
To gain approval to travel under one of these reasons, passengers must:
- Submit a request to INZ
- Be invited to apply for a visa or variation of conditions, which if approved will allow them entry.
Effective 5 October, all passengers travelling to New Zealand must book accommodation at a managed isolation facility before travel. Passengers can get a voucher for their stay from the Managed Isolation Allocation System website, which can be accessed starting 5 October. A printed or digital copy of the voucher must be presented at check-in. By 3 November, passengers travelling to New Zealand will not be accepted if they do not have this voucher. For more details, please visit the Managed Isolation and Quarantine website.
Transit arrangements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ and available on their website.
For further details please refer to the Ministry of Health website.