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.

Important Update

Quarantine-free travel is suspended from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand

There are no red flights to New Zealand except from New South Wales after 30 July, this means that people cannot get a voucher for MIQ via the Managed Isolation Allocation System.

People on managed return flights from New South Wales do not need to book a MIQ voucher. Find out more on:

Travel with Australia(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Quarantine-free travel is suspended from New Zealand to Australia

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is suspended. This will last until at least 11.59pm (AEST) on 23 August. Travel is suspended due to COVID-19 cases in the community in New Zealand. Find out more:

Travelling to Australia(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Travelling to New Zealand

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 with Australia(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

If you’re travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight after leaving managed isolation in New Zealand, you will not be eligible to arrive in Australia the same day you leave managed isolation in New Zealand. 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

Note: normal immigration rules will continue to apply.

When quarantine-free travel is paused or suspended, there may be no flights arriving into New Zealand from the affected state or territory. This means you will need to stay in place at your current location, and follow the instructions from Australian authorities and the New Zealand government.

If you are required to enter managed isolation in New Zealand following a pause or suspension, you may be required to pay charges for your stay.

Charges for managed isolation

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.

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.

MIQ vouchers are being cancelled for people who are now eligible for quarantine-free travel. MIQ vouchers will not be reissued.

*This information has been updated on 23/08/2021. Resource: MIQ NZ

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