Quarantine-free travel - Australia

Find out more about quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand.

Important update

Quarantine-free travel is suspended from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand

Red flights from Australia begin on 3 October 2021 and there is 1 red flight from Melbourne on Sunday 26 September for people who are eligible for an emergency allocation of an MIQ voucher.

Find out if you're eligible

Find out if you're eligible for quarantine-free travel on the Unite Against COVID-19 website and talk to your airline.

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

If you're travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight after leaving managed isolation in New Zealand, you will not be eligible to arrive in Australia the same day you leave managed isolation in New Zealand. This is due to the criteria set by Australian authorities. We advise making your travel arrangements for the day after you leave managed isolation.

It is your responsibility to check the eligibility criteria for entering Australia. You will also need to check that the state or territory you want to land in, or travel onwards to, is accepting quarantine-free flights from New Zealand.

The requirements for entering Australia could change at short notice.

New Zealand safe travel zone(external link) — Australian Government

COVID-19 advice for international travellers(external link) — Australian Government

Check the restrictions of Australian states or territories(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Note: normal immigration rules will continue to apply.

When quarantine-free travel is paused or suspended

Quarantine-free travel from Australia is currently suspended.

Red flights from Australia begin on Sunday 3 October. Travellers will need an MIQ voucher and stay in managed isolation for 14 days. MIQ vouchers can be booked through the Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIAS) from Monday 20 September.

MIQ is introducing a virtual lobby to process room releases from 20 September at 9.00am (NZST). To participate in the lobby process, you will need to set up an account in MIAS beforehand.

Find out about the MIAS voucher system and how to set up an account.

MIAS voucher system(external link) — MIQ portal

Find out more about the lobby process

A red flight from Melbourne to Auckland on Sunday 26 September is scheduled for people who have been approved for an emergency allocation of an MIQ voucher. If you are in an emergency or urgent situation, please check the criteria and apply immediately for an emergency allocation.

We currently have a significant number of applications for emergency allocations from people in Australia and we are processing them as quickly as possible in time for this flight.

Travellers on this flight must have the right to enter New Zealand, need to complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation, provide a negative pre-departure test and not have visited a location of interest in the past 14 days. The normal rules around paying for your stay will apply.

Find out more and apply for an emergency allocation request

Entering MIQ while travelling in New Zealand

If you have travelled to New Zealand on a green flight, and during your time in New Zealand you are required to go into managed isolation and quarantine because you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case or have tested positive, you will be considered a domestic community case and will not be required to pay for your stay in managed isolation and quarantine.

Existing MIQ bookings

MIQ vouchers are being cancelled for people who are now eligible for quarantine-free travel. MIQ vouchers will not be reissued.

More information

Unite Against COVID-19(external link)

Immigration New Zealand(external link)

Last updated: 08 September 2021