Quarantine-free travel - Australia

In New Zealand, quarantine-free travel (QFT) means there are no isolation or quarantine requirements for travellers on arrival, including no self-isolation requirement.

Important update

Quarantine-free travel (QFT) from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is suspended.

Note: From 11.59pm on 16 January 2022 (NZT), eligible travellers* will be able to arrive in New Zealand and self-isolate instead of going into an MIQ facility.

When quarantine-free travel is paused or suspended

Quarantine-free travel from Australia is currently suspended, however the Government has announced that eligible travellers* who wish to travel from Australia to New Zealand from 11.59pm on 16 January 2022 (NZT) will not have to go into MIQ. They will, however, need to self-isolate for 7 days.

Find out more on the Unite against COVID-19 website:

Reconnecting New Zealand — the next steps(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Eligible travellers* who wish to travel to New Zealand prior to 16 January 2022 are required to complete a 7-day stay in MIQ. These travellers need to apply for an MIQ voucher via the regular virtual lobby releases. 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

Find out more and apply for an emergency allocation request

*Eligible travellers = fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens, residence-class visa holders and temporary visa holders with a border exception.

Border exceptions

While the border is closed and QFT is suspended, you may still be able to travel to New Zealand if your purpose for travel is considered critical. Find out if you're eligible on the Unite Against COVID-19 website and talk to your airline.

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

Entering MIQ while travelling in New Zealand

If you have travelled to New Zealand, 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.

Travel from New Zealand to Australia

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.

COVID-19 and the border — New Zealand(external link) — Australian Government

International travel and COVID-19(external link) — Australian Government

Travel with Australia(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Note: normal immigration rules will continue to apply.

More information

Unite against COVID-19(external link)

Immigration New Zealand(external link)

Last updated: 26 November 2021