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New Zealand (AKL) 

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Travel Restrictions

  • Only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand. This includes the Realm countries (the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline crew and marine cargo crew.
  • There are some exceptions, on a case-by-case basis, for critical workers, humanitarian reasons, partners or dependent children of visa holders living in New Zealand, and others (https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions)
  • Foreign national marine crew entering via the air border (eg. for fishing crew changes) must apply, via their employers or shipping agents, for an exception to the border restrictions. Further information is available here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/covid-19-information-for-employers.
  • Further information on the immigration measures can be found on the immigration website https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions.
  • Passengers with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeta) and transit visa issued by New Zealand are allowed to transit thru NZ. Transit passengers are not subject to medical screening and quarantine of 14 days.
  • Positioning aircraft crew travelling to New Zealand as a passenger (other than a transit passenger) on a commercial aircraft for the purpose of leaving New Zealand as aircraft crew in the course of a scheduled international service. Operationally:

-          Positioning air crew are exempt from the border restrictions

-          They do not need to go through the EOI process

-          They must hold a valid Air Crew NZeTa’s

-          This does not cover air crew traveling as passengers into New Zealand by air to crew out on private aircrafts

COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • All travelers to New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) legally must now have a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.
  • All tests must be processed by a laboratory recognized in the country of origin as authorized or accredited to conduct tests.
  • Medical Test Certificate must have the following elements:

-          Name of person tested

-          Date of birth of person tested

-          Name of the laboratory at which the COVID-19 test was processed

-          Written confirmation from the laboratory of the result of a COVID-19 test

-          Written confirmation of the time and date (local time) when the COVID-19 test was conducted

-          Written confirmation of the type of test that was conducted

  • If your test result record does not provide this information, you may be prevented from boarding the aircraft. Please ensure this information will be provided to you by your testing facility when you get tested.
  • For travelers from the UK or the US, this came into effect at 11.59pm (NZT) on January 15, 2021.
  • For travelers from other countries (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) this will come into effect from 11.59pm (NZT) on Monday, January 25, 2021.

-          The Pacific islands that are exempt from pre-departure testing are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.

  • Exemptions:

-          Children under 2 years of age (24 months) do not need to take a pre-departure test. Children over the age of 2 (24 months) will need evidence of a negative pre-departure test.

-          If you cannot take a test due to medical reasons, you will need to see a medical practitioner within 72 hours of your departure. They will examine you for symptoms of COVID-19. If they are confident you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, they will need to provide you a medical certificate stating you cannot take a test due to medical reasons but do not have symptoms. This will be accepted as meeting the pre-departure testing requirements.

-          If you have previously recovered from COVID-19, but test positive and believe this is because of a historical COVID-19 infection, you need to see a medical practitioner who will examine you for current symptoms of COVID-19. If they are confident you do not currently have a COVID-19 infection, you will need them to provide a medical certificate with the date of your previous positive test (if applicable) and documentation stating that they consider you as no longer being infectious with COVID-19.

  • Travelling without a negative test result

-          If you’re asked for evidence of your negative COVID-19 test result or a medical certificate, and you cannot provide it, you may be denied boarding.

-          You will be asked to provide this information to a Customs officer when entering New Zealand.

-          All travelers arriving in New Zealand after 8 February 2021 without evidence of a negative approved test may incur an infringement offence fee or a fine not exceeding $1,000.

  • Managed Isolation Allocation System - all people entering New Zealand to have a place booked in a managed isolation facility.
  • This applies to all passengers flying into New Zealand, unless they are exempt from using the Managed Isolation Allocation System
  • People who do not need a voucher when boarding a flight to New Zealand:

-     Transit passengers

-     Diplomatic and consular officials, and New Zealand Defense Force members returning from service

-     Aircrew members who stay airside

-     Any aircrew members who:


  • are ordinarily resident in New Zealand AND
  •  have not travelled on a higher-risk route in the last 7 days (as designated by the Director -General of Health), unless there has been a determination by the Medical Officer of Health that the person has failed to meet key safety standards while outside New Zealand.

-     Any overseas aircrew who must be on the flight manifest and staying in a Managed Isolation and Quarantine facility for the duration of their layover in New Zealand.

-     Medical attendants assisting with a medical air transfer to New Zealand, who remain airside

-     Any person arriving by air in New Zealand to join the crew of a cargo ship

-     Any person arriving by air in New Zealand who is designated by the Director-General of Health as critical to the response to COVID-19

-     Deportees

-     People on the “Approved New Zealand Refugee Quota Programme”

-     Any person or class of persons exempted by the Minister of Health.


  • Vouchers can be obtained only from the Managed Isolation Allocation System website www.allocation.miq.govt.nz
  • Passengers without a valid voucher for a place in managed isolation for the date of their arrival in New Zealand will not permitted to board a flight to New Zealand. Air carriers must take reasonable steps to ensure that each person on board the aircraft has evidence of a confirmed allocation.
  • Aircrew, maritime crew and re-positioning crew are exempted from quarantine provided they meet the Ministry of Health’s requirements https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-border-controls/covid-19-managed-isolation-and-quarantine
  • Passengers travelling from the UK and US will be required to have a PCR test for Covid-19 no more than 72 hours prior to departure from 15th January.
  • Passengers must continue to wear medical masks during disembarkation from the aircraft and for the duration of their time at the airport, unless they are exempt.
  • Exemptions are restricted to passengers with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing medical masks, young children under 6 years of age or anyone who is unable to remove a medical mask without assistance. Although children under 6 years of age are exempt from wearing a medical mask, their parent or care giver may have provided them with a medical mask to wear and they should be allowed to do so, however these should be single-use medical masks. Medical masks should not be worn by children less than 2 years of age because of safety concerns. Parents or care givers should be encouraged to assist children to perform hand hygiene.  

Required Forms

Other Requirements

  • SEA CREW:

-          Valid Seaman's Visa

-          Seaman's Book

-          Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee


Other Information

Travel Advisory
  • As of January 20, 2021

-          New Zealand Pre-departure testing requirement goes live January 15, 2021. Information on both the MIQ and United Against COVID (UAC) websites has been updated, and is now available at the links below.