Exemption to transit through New Zealand

You may need an exemption if you're transiting through New Zealand to another country.

Who can apply

Everyone who is intending to be in New Zealand for more than 72 hours on the way to another country, must apply for a transit exemption.

See exemptions from Managed Isolation for information about other exemptions.

Transit less than 24 hours

If you are in transit for less than 24 hours you must stay airside. This means you will remain at the airport and not enter New Zealand. 

Transit between 24 and 72 hours:

You will require a valid visa that permits your entry into New Zealand. You will be transported to a managed isolation facility where you will 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)

Transit longer than 72 hours (3 days)

If you are transiting through New Zealand for longer than 72 hours (3 days), you will need to stay in managed isolation and will need to apply for an exemption. Before leaving you 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 will be provided with transport to and from managed isolation facilities. 

Information for travellers from Immigration New Zealand(external link)

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 is your responsibility to make sure you can transit through New Zealand and enter any country on your journey. If you are unable to do this, you will not be permitted to board your flight.

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

How to apply

We encourage you 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
  • your arrival details – either expected or actual date and time of arrival in New Zealand and the flight number
  • the city you’re arriving at and the country you left from
  • where you are departing to and the date and time
  • your departure details – where you are departing to, date and time of departure, and flight number from New Zealand
  • a copy of your electronic flight tickets.

Complete an online application form

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

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: 02 October 2020