International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Exiting Australia into New Zealand is Restricted

Description

Most Australian citizens and permanent residents are not allowed to travel internationally unless they have an exemption.

Temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time, however, they will generally not be permitted to return.

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If travelers want to leave Australia, they may apply online for an exemption to travel if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid;
  • Travel is for the traveler's business or employer;
  • To receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia;
  • Travel is for a compelling reason for three months or longer;
  • Travel is on compassionate or humanitarian grounds;
  • Travel is in the national interest.

For more information, please see the source.

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Australian Home Affairs
Start Date
3/20/2020
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Otherwise, Entry into New Zealand From Australia is Restricted

Description

International travelers are not allowed to enter New Zealand.

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Entry restrictions do not apply to:

  • Citizens of New Zealand;
  • Residents with valid travel conditions;
  • Family members of citizens and residents with valid documents;
  • Diplomats;
  • Limited numbers of international students in order to continue their studies in 2021. For more details, please see the source.
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New Zealand Government
Start Date
4/29/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory accommodation booking

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Description

Travelers must register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in a managed isolation facility. Before booking flights, travelers need to register for a voucher for managed isolation. Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a designated facility.

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New Zealand Immigration
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Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory travel authorization form before exiting Australia

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Description

Travelers with Australian citizenship or permanent residents cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless they qualify for an exemption. At least one of the following conditions should be met:

  • Traveling as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • Traveling for business/employer;
  • Traveling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia;
  • Traveling with a compelling reason for 3 months or longer;
  • Traveling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds;
  • Traveling due to the national interest.
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Travelers who have been in Australia for 14 days prior to departure are able to travel to New Zealand without applying for an outwards travel exemption.

This only applies when New Zealand is the destination of travel. Travelers who are transiting through New Zealand to another destination must apply for an outward travel exemption.

Please check New Zealand's documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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Australian Home Affairs
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Changed

In Transit

Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers arriving from selected countries must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

This requirement also applies to passengers in transit.

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This test requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 2.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
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New Zealand Government
Start Date
Changed
Not Required

No proof of a negative COVID-19 test required for transit

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Description

Travelers with flight connections in New Zealand are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement as long as they remain in the international departure area.

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New Zealand Government
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Description

Travelers to New Zealand will need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in a managed isolation facility. Before booking flights, travelers need to register for a voucher for managed isolation. Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a designated facility.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
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New Zealand Immigration
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival

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Description

Travelers arriving in New Zealand from selected countries will be required to take a COVID-19 test a maximum of 24 hours after arrival in a managed quarantine facility. Arrivals must remain in their managed quarantine facility room until the results of the test are known. Travelers will also be required to take a test on day 3 and day 12 after arrival.

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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in some public and private places

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Description

Travelers are recommended to wear masks in public places when unable to stay 2 meters away from other people. Travelers legally must wear a face covering at commercial establishments.

Travelers must wear masks on domestic flights and on all public transport.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Moderate Risk
COVID-19 transmission is moderate in New Zealand.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
10.79
Decreased by2.79
at 10/16/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
0.20%
Increased by0.00%
at 10/14/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
72.26%
Increased by2.27%
at 10/14/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
3,512,376
Increased by110,532
at 10/14/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.30
Decreased by0.04
at 10/12/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Most of New Zealand is currently operating at Alert level 2 with gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Auckland, Waikato, and Northland are currently operating at Alert level 3 with movement is restricted for essential reasons only. Preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. For detailed information on New Zealand's phased re-opening, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/
Last Checked
10/16/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Required
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Face masks are required in shops, airports, and on public transportation.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity in place. In Alert level 3 areas, public transportation is only operating for essential movement.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open at reduced capacity. In Alert level 3 areas, restaurants may open for takeaway or delivery services only.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Restrictions in place
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Bars are open at reduced capacity and for seated service only. In Alert level 3 areas, bars may open for takeaway or delivery services only.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Restrictions in place
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Nightclubs are open at reduced capacity and for seated service only. Dance floors are currently closed. In Alert level 3 areas, nightclubs are closed.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
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Restrictions in place
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Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. In Alert level 3 areas, only essential businesses are open and non-essential businesses offer pick-up and delivery services only.

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