The border has opened to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from Australia to New Zealand and self-isolate on arrival.

If you arrive on or after Wednesday 2 March, 11.59 pm, you can enter without needing to isolate.

This means you can enter New Zealand if you:

  • are an NZ citizen, resident or otherwise eligible to enter NZ while the border is restricted
  • are fully vaccinated
  • have spent the previous 14 days in Australia or NZ
  • have had the pre-departure tests you need.

Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand |

Eligible travellers from Nauru, Tuvalu and American Samoa can also arrive in New Zealand without needing to self-isolate.

Travelling from the Pacific

Who is eligible to enter NZ during border restrictions

You can enter NZ while the border is restricted if you are:

  • an NZ citizen
  • an NZ permanent resident or resident visa holder
  • an Australian citizen or permanent residence visa holder where NZ is your primary place of residence
  • people with border exceptions or a critical purpose reason to travel
  • a partner, dependent child, or parent of a dependent child who either:
    • holds a visa based on their relationship to an NZ citizen or resident
    • is travelling with a New Zealander or resident, or
    • is ordinarily resident in NZ.

If you are entering NZ based on your relationship to an NZ citizen or resident — for example you are a partner, dependent child or partner of a dependent child — and you do not have a visa based on the relationship, you may be asked to prove your eligibility at the airport.

To prevent this we recommend you fill out a Request to travel form so we can assess your eligibility before you travel.

Request to travel form

All travellers to New Zealand must hold a valid visa or an NZeTA.

Request an NZeTA

Don't Meet The Criteria?

Find out how and when you can enter New Zealand.


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