New Zealand travel guide - current COVID-19 situation

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New Zealand and COVID-19 (updated 2 July 2021)

December to March

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you just want to spend your vacation in New Zealand, you will not be able to do so as of this moment, unless you arrive by air from Australia or the Cook Islands, where you have spent the previous 14 days. You can find more information for travellers from Australia here and for travellers from the Cook Islands here.

Please note that quarantine-free travel from those Australian states may be paused in which COVID-19 cases occur. A COVID-19 test is required before travelling from Australia to New Zealand because travellers arriving from all destinations except Antarctica and some Pacific islands are required to test negative for COVID-19 before departing for New Zealand. Find more information here.

Read more about on when a pre-travel test is required for a trip to New Zealand and who can come to New Zealand without requesting to travel.


Except for travellers from Australia and the Cook Islands who meet the above criteria, if allowed to enter New Zealand, travellers from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed isolation and quarantine is mandatory. You must obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. Please note that you will most probably need to contribute to the costs of your managed isolation.

Well, it is quite clear that we won’t make it to New Zealand this season, but neither will we forever be looking at the world through a window. And when the time is right to explore again or if you count yourself among those lucky ones who can travel to New Zealand, your itinerary is ready.

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