Know what to expect while travelling and follow some simple guidelines to stay safe in New Zealand

On this page, you'll find helpful information on what you need to know:

Before travelling to New Zealand

1. Check your eligibility

Before planning your travel to New Zealand, make sure you are eligible for travel, meet the visa requirements and have taken the right steps. 

Use the search tool below to find out more about travel requirements to New Zealand from your country of origin, including regulations, visa requirements and health and safety guidelines. 


2. Make sure you meet New Zealand’s vaccination requirements

Most travellers must meet COVID-19 vaccine requirements before travelling to New Zealand by air.

Make sure you check and follow New Zealand’s vaccination requirements(opens in new window).


3. Get a pre-departure test

Most travellers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from one of these tests:

  • A PCR/RT-PCR test (no more than 48 hours before departure)
  • A supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) (no more than 24 hours before departure)
  • A supervised loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test (no more than 24 hours before departure)

Find detailed information of pre-departure tests(opens in new window) here.


4. Complete the traveller declaration

All travellers must complete the traveller declaration before travelling to New Zealand. Make sure you've completed the steps above before completing the traveller declaration.

Complete the traveller declaration(opens in new window) here.


5. Other things to consider

For peace of mind during your trip in New Zealand, you may also want to consider medical and travel insurance.


When you're in New Zealand

Once you arrive in New Zealand

  • Vaccinated and eligible travellers entering New Zealand will be given a pack of rapid antigen tests (RATs), with instructions, at the airport.
  • Take your RATs test as instructed on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 from your arrival date.
  • Report your test result.
  • Find more information on taking your RATs test.(opens in new window)


Understand New Zealand's COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system)

The traffic light system minimises the impact of COVID-19 through three settings — Red, Orange and Green.

Find out what traffic light settings are in place around New Zealand by visiting the official COVID-19 website.(opens in new window)


COVID-19 safety practices in place

Keep track of where you've been

Practice healthy habits

  • While travelling around New Zealand, you should try to physically distance yourself in airports or busy transport hubs.
  • Wear a face mask where required. Find further information on face mask requirements(opens in new window) here.

Look for the COVID clean approved logo

  • Look for the COVID Clean Approved logo when booking your trip to identify which tourism businesses have declared they are taking health and hygiene measures to help protect against COVID-19.
  • The COVID Clean Approved program demonstrates that Qualmark awarded businesses have implemented processes that are in line with guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.

What to do if you develop symptoms


Helpful links


Leaving New Zealand

Check entry requirements

The country you are travelling to may have entry requirements in place. Be sure to check the requirements of the country you are travelling to.


  • the official website of the country you wish to enter
  • that country’s diplomatic representative in New Zealand


Helpful links


More information on travelling to NZ