Exemption to transit through New Zealand

You'll need to apply for an exemption if you're intending to be in New Zealand for more than 72 hours on the way to another country.

If you intend to transit through New Zealand for over 24 hours, you might require a visa to enter New Zealand. Alert Levels and transit rules can change quickly, so it's your responsibility to make sure you can transit through New Zealand and enter any country on your journey. If you're unable to do this, you will not be permitted to board your flight.

For more information, visit Immigration New Zealand(external link).

Who needs to apply

Staying longer than 72 hours (3 days)

If you're in New Zealand for longer than 72 hours (3 days), you'll need to stay in managed isolation and will need to apply for an exemption. Before leaving managed isolation you'll need to:

  • get a negative COVID-19 test, and
  • be confirmed as low risk of having or spreading COVID-19.

If you are granted a transit exemption, you'll be provided with transport to and from managed isolation facilities. 

Information for travellers from Immigration New Zealand(external link)

Staying between 24 and 72 hours

If you're in New Zealand for 24 to 72 hours you can't stay airside and therefore you'll require a valid visa that permits your entry into New Zealand.

You'll be transported to a managed isolation facility where you'll spend the duration of your transit. Transport to and from the airport will be provided. You do not need to apply for an exemption to leave the facility at the end of your transit period.

You may be charged for staying in a managed isolation facility.

Charges for managed isolation(external link)

See exemptions from Managed Isolation for information about other exemptions.

Transit less than 24 hours

If you're in transit for less than 24 hours you must stay airside. This means you'll remain at the airport and not enter New Zealand. You do not need to apply for an exemption from staying in managed isolation.

How to apply

You need to apply before you book and leave for New Zealand to allow us to organise your transit requirements. Failing to do so may result in your travel being interrupted, and having to complete 14 days managed isolation in New Zealand.

Get the information you’ll need ready

You’ll need:

  • the full name on your passport you use to enter New Zealand and check into the facility
  • your date of birth
  • your passport number
  • a copy of your electronic flight tickets in to New Zealand and departing from New Zealand. These must be confirmed tickets.

Complete an online application form

Apply online if you intend to be transiting in New Zealand for longer than 72 hours.

Note: This should be done after you have the appropriate visa.

Apply for exemption to transit through New Zealand(external link)

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If you need help completing the form or for any other enquiries please email IsolationExemptions@mbie.govt.nz.

What happens next

Your application will be assessed. We’ll contact you if we need more information. 

We’ll then let you know the outcome of your application and what to do next.

Last updated: 07 November 2020