Pre-departure testing

All travellers to New Zealand (except those from exempt locations) are required to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned ahead of their first scheduled international flight.

Changes to pre-departure testing requirements

From Friday 7 January 2022, most travellers to New Zealand must have a negative PCR or RT-PCR test within 48 hours of their scheduled departure of their first international flight. 

This is a change from the current requirement for travellers who must provide a negative pre-departure test within 72 hours of departure.

You will need to have had both your COVID-19 sample taken and your result returned within 48 hours to board your flight to New Zealand.

More information about pre-departure testing requirements(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Last updated: 22 December 2021