Entering New Zealand in 2022

The 3-step plan for travellers to enter New Zealand without going into managed isolation and quarantine has been delayed until the end of February 2022.

Step 1 - Eligible travellers from Australia

This step has been delayed until the end of February 2022. Once this step is in force, fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and other eligible travellers under our current border settings can travel to New Zealand from Australia and undertake self-isolation (they are not required to stay in managed isolation and quarantine). Eligible travellers will be required to have spent the previous 14 days in Australia and meet other health requirements prior to travel (such as provide a negative pre-departure test).

Eligible travellers include:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • New Zealand permanent residents or resident visa holders
  • Australian citizens or permanent residence visa holders where New Zealand is your primary place of established residence
  • holders of a critical purpose visa (with a border exception), or
  • partners, dependent child/ren or parents of a dependent child who is:
    • a New Zealand citizen,
    • a New Zealand resident, or
    • one of the people listed in the bullet points above. 

Eligible travellers who are not travelling from Australia can still travel to New Zealand but must enter and stay in managed isolation and quarantine, until Step 2 is implemented (below).

Step 2 - Eligible travellers from other countries (except Very High Risk countries)

This step has been delayed until the end of February 2022. Fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and other eligible travellers under our current border settings can travel to New Zealand from anywhere apart from Very High-Risk countries and undertake self-isolation (they are not required to stay in managed isolation and quarantine). Travellers will be required to meet other health requirements prior to travel (such as provide a negative pre-departure test).

Eligible travellers include:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • New Zealand permanent residents or resident visa holders
  • Australian citizens or permanent residence visa holders where New Zealand is your primary place of established residence
  • holders of a critical purpose visa (with a border exception), or
  • partners, dependent child/ren or parents of a dependent child who is:
    • a New Zealand citizen,
    • a New Zealand resident, or
    • one of the people listed in the bullet points above.

Step 3 - Visa holding travellers

This step will be reviewed in 2022. All people who require a visa will be able to return to NZ in stages and undertake self-isolation (they are not required to stay without stay in managed isolation and quarantine), providing they have been fully vaccinated and meet other travel health requirements.

Note: This step will be staged over time, so not all foreign nationals can enter New Zealand from this date. This is to manage the volume of arrivals into New Zealand, health risks, and immigration visa processing capacity.

Last updated: 14 January 2022