Quarantine free travel to New Zealand

Information on this page can be attributed to a managed isolation and quarantine spokesperson.

Find out when you can travel to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility, or self-isolate, when you arrive.

What quarantine-free travel is

Quarantine-free travel is when you can travel to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility, or self-isolate, when you arrive.

If New Zealand describes quarantine-free travel as being ‘one-way’, that means it is quarantine-free for people arriving in New Zealand from a certain country by plane only – not for people travelling from New Zealand to that overseas destination.

If New Zealand describes quarantine-free travel as being ‘two-way’, that means it is quarantine-free for people travelling both to the relevant country and from that country back into New Zealand, by plane.

Quarantine free travel is an important step in the Government’s strategy to carefully reconnect New Zealand with the world.

Eligibility

Standard travel requirements remain in place for quarantine-free travellers to New Zealand, i.e. passengers are required to confirm they meet health and eligibility requirements, and they are required to complete Nau Mai Rā – a travel declaration form, which securely collects contact tracing details from travellers for New Zealand's Ministry of Health. The full list of requirements is available on the Unite against COVID-19 website:

Quarantine-free travel(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Countries with quarantine-free travel to New Zealand

Below is the list of low-risk countries New Zealand has quarantine-free travel arrangements with, and their current status for travellers arriving in New Zealand by plane.

The Government has consistently said that the Pacific would be a priority when it came to opening New Zealand’s borders. Public health advice is that these Pacific countries – Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and Vanuatu – pose very low COVID-19 risk to New Zealand. These Pacific countries are among the only countries in the world to never have community transmission of COVID-19. New Zealand also has significant ties with each of these countries. As such, quarantine-free travel from these countries to New Zealand is appropriate and part of the Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World strategy, which aims to gradually and safely reopen New Zealand’s borders. 

More information about each of the following countries, is available elsewhere on our website:

Quarantine-free travel

Cook Islands

One-way quarantine-free travel from the Cook Islands to New Zealand only.

Note: The Cook Islands Government has indicated that quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands will resume from 14 January 2022.

Niue

One-way quarantine-free travel from Niue to New Zealand only.

Samoa

One-way quarantine-free travel from Samoa to New Zealand only.

Tokelau

One-way quarantine-free travel from Tokelau (via Samoa) to New Zealand only.                    

Tonga

One-way quarantine-free travel from Tonga to New Zealand only.                      

Vanuatu

One-way quarantine-free travel from Vanuatu to New Zealand only.

Australia

Suspended – travellers from Australia must go into a managed isolation facility on arrival in New Zealand. 

When quarantine-free travel is paused or suspended

When quarantine-free travel is paused or suspended, there may not be flights arriving in New Zealand from the affected country. This means people will need to stay in place at their current location and follow the instructions from the relevant state, territory, or country they are in. They may also be required upon their return to New Zealand to undertake a period of self-isolation or be required to enter a managed isolation facility.

It is a traveller’s responsibility to prepare for, and be able to manage, any disruption to quarantine-free travel due to COVID-19. If their travel plans are disrupted, travellers will need to contact their airline to make different travel arrangements.

If quarantine-free travel is paused, then information will be provided to travellers by the New Zealand Government. Any managed isolation vouchers that quarantine-free travellers may previously have had (but were returned or cancelled) will not be reissued.

Green or Red Flights

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand has seen the introduction of the terminology ‘green’ flights and ‘red’ flights.

Travellers on green flights do not have to enter a managed isolation facility when they arrive in New Zealand. Travellers on red flights must enter a managed isolation facility when they arrive in New Zealand.

Green and red flights are managed in different ways by the international airports – to ensure that quarantine-free travellers always remain separate from other international travellers.

Expanding the number of quarantine-free travel countries 

Throughout the pandemic New Zealand has taken a risk-based approach, stepped up restrictions when presented with evidence and moved with caution when considering new freedoms. New Zealand will continue to do that.

Opening New Zealand’s borders for travellers from other countries is being progressed as part of Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World – the Government's plan to safely re-open our borders and develop new ways for people to travel to and from New Zealand. 

The new framework for travel will involve gradually shifting our border settings from where New Zealand is now, with travel based on country-to-country arrangements, to a risk-based travel approach based on individual travellers. It will take into account a number of factors, including vaccine status.

The dates for reopening were announced by the Government in late-November 2021. 

More information is available on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Travel to New Zealand(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

‘Two-way’ quarantine-free travel

The decision to allow ‘two-way’ quarantine-free travel – meaning travellers from New Zealand do not have to go into managed isolation when they arrive at their international destination – is a decision for the Government of the destination country, in consultation with the New Zealand Government.

Each country is responsible for maintaining its own isolation and quarantine requirements, and other border measures, for inbound travellers.

New Zealand fully supports other countries maintaining health and border measures to protect their populations from COVID-19. 

More information

Find out more about Quarantine-free travel on our website

Quarantine-free travel(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

You are in a quarantine-free travel country(external link) — Immigration New Zealand

International travel and transit(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Last updated: 07 December 2021