Quarantine-free travel – RSE Workers Only – Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers can soon travel from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga to New Zealand, without having to go into a managed isolation facility when they arrive.

When quarantine-free travel starts

From 4 October 2021, RSE workers from Vanuatu are not required to enter a managed isolation facility for 14 days and do not need a voucher for managed isolation – provided they meet the entry criteria. On arrival in New Zealand they will be tested for COVID-19 and be required to self-isolate in approved accommodation.

From 12 October 2021, RSE workers from Samoa or Tonga are not required to enter a managed isolation facility for 14 days and do not need a voucher for managed isolation – provided they meet the entry criteria. On arrival in New Zealand they will be tested for COVID-19 and be required to self-isolate in approved accommodation.

One way travel only

The quarantine-free travel is only available one way – from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga to New Zealand – and it is only available for RSE workers.

Find out if you are eligible

If you are a RSE worker from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga, you will need to meet some criteria, including:

  • having been in either Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga for 14 days before your flight to New Zealand;
  • ensuring you have received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccination prior to your departure; and
  • being able to enter New Zealand.

Find out if you're eligible for quarantine-free travel from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga and New Zealand on the Unite Against COVID-19 website:

Travel to New Zealand(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Find out if you're eligible to enter New Zealand on the Immigration New Zealand website:

Travelling from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu(external link) — Immigration New Zealand

When you arrive in New Zealand

RSE workers arriving in New Zealand by air from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga, will:

  • be required to self-isolate in New Zealand using accommodation managed by or contracted to a recognised seasonal employer at or near their place of employment 
  • immediately travel in their bubbles from the international airport to their place of self-isolation – using privately chartered road or air transport which is arranged by RSE industry employers  
  • undertake a COVID-19 test on day zero or day 1, and again on day 5;
  • remain in self-isolation until they receive a negative COVID-19 test on day 5.

RSE workers from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga can work during their period of self-isolation if they remain in their bubble and do not interact with anyone else.

Employers are responsible for ensuring their RSE workers comply with all self-isolation requirements.

More information

For more information about quarantine-free travel for RSE workers from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga to New Zealand, visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Travel to New Zealand(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

For more information on immigration eligibility to enter New Zealand from Vanuatu, Samoa or Tonga for RSE work, visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

Travelling from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu(external link) — Immigration New Zealand

Last updated: 01 October 2021