Plan Your Travel

Although the New Zealand - Australia Travel Bubble is in full effect, there are still some things you should consider before booking your flights.

Travelling to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is available. If you are not eligible for quarantine-free travel, you are required to go into a managed isolation facility for 14 days on arrival in New Zealand. You therefore need to book a voucher in managed isolation.

Find out if you’re eligible for quarantine-free travel on the Unite Against COVID-19 website and talk to your airline.

Quarantine-free travel from Australia(external link) – Unite against COVID-19 website

If you are travelling to Australia after managed isolation on a quarantine-free flight, you will need to meet some criteria. You will not be eligible to arrive in Australia the same day you leave managed isolation. This is due to the criteria set by Australian authorities. We advise making your travel arrangements for the day after you leave managed isolation.

It is your responsibility to check the eligibility criteria for entering Australia. You will also need to check that the state or territory you want to land in, or travel onwards to, is accepting quarantine-free flights from New Zealand.

The requirements for entering Australia could change at short notice.

New Zealand safe travel zone(external link) – Australian Government

COVID-19 advice for international travellers(external link) – Australian Government

Check the restrictions of Australian states or territories(external link) – Unite against COVID-19 website

Please note normal immigration rules will continue to apply.

If you aren’t eligible for quarantine-free travel from Australia, you need to book a voucher in managed isolation and go into a managed isolation facility for 14 days on arrival in New Zealand.

You need a voucher for managed isolation if:

  • you are not eligible for quarantine-free travel
  • quarantine-free travel is suspended and you are required to go into a managed isolation facility on arrival in New Zealand – go to Unite Against COVID-19 for the latest updates

Note: If you are already in a managed isolation facility when quarantine-free travel from Australia starts at 11.59pm, 18 April 2021 you must complete your 14-day stay.

You don’t need a voucher for managed isolation if you are eligible for quarantine-free entry.

If you aren’t sure if you’re eligible for quarantine-free travel to New Zealand, we recommend you contact your airline before cancelling your voucher in managed isolation.

If you are returning from an Australian state where travel has been suspended, you may be required to go into managed isolation when you arrive in New Zealand. In most instances, you will be required to pay for this stay in a Managed Isolation facility yourself..

If you have travelled to New Zealand on a green flight, and during your time in New Zealand you are required to go into managed isolation and quarantine because you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case or have tested positive, you will be considered a domestic community case and will not be required to pay for your stay in managed isolation and quarantine.

During the 14-day period before travel, you must not have had a positive COVID-19 test (or if you have, you have written advice from a health practitioner that you are no longer infectious); and

Travellers must not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test that was undertaken during the 14-day period.

*This information has been updated on 28/04/2021. Resource: MIQ NZ

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