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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. 

Every passenger arriving into New Zealand on a flight will either enter a managed isolation or quarantine facility for a minimum period of 14 days from their time of arrival. Passengers eligible for exemption from managed isolation include: medical transfers, people with medical or physical needs which can’t be managed in the accommodation provided, transit passengers, and people entering the country as essential health workers. 

If a traveller is symptomatic on arrival, they will be placed in a quarantine facility for 14 days and tested for COVID-19. If a traveller is not symptomatic on arrival, they will be placed in an approved managed isolation facility for 14 days.

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.

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