New Zealand COVID-19 Travel Update

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The Coronavirus Travel Impact To Visitors Coming to Rotorua and New Zealand

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 on 8 June.  For the latest information on the Coronavirus, please visit the NZ Ministry of Health website.  For travellers, you can get the latest news on this page.

Australia - New Zealand Travel

You can already travel from New Zealand to most states in Australia without having to enter a managed isolation facility upon arrival.  From 19 April, travellers from Australia can travel to New Zealand without having to go into managed isolation.  All other normal entry requirements, for example immigration and biosecurity, apply. View latest Australia - New Zealand travel updates.

Travel restrictions:

  • New Zealand is currently on Alert Level 1. People in New Zealand are able to travel and mix more freely, and any new COVID-19 cases would be able to spread more quickly.
  • People entering New Zealand must stay in managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days and test negative for COVID-19 before they can go into the community.
  • Some people may apply for an exemption from managed isolation in exceptional circumstances, or for a brief period of leave for compassionate reasons.
  • 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 and marine crew.  There will be some exceptions, on a case by case basis, for example for essential health workers, humanitarian reasons, and others.

New Zealand Citizens Overseas
  • New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are urged not to travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have reduced significantly. 
  • All travellers entering New Zealand are required to:
  • obtain a managed isolation voucher via the new allocation system.
  • go into ‘managed isolation’ in a government-provided facility (hotel), or
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms, go into a quarantine facility (separate hotel). 
  • You will need to stay there for at least 14 days. This will prevent any further unmanaged COVID-19 infection coming into New Zealand. You can’t self-isolate at home, or take a domestic flight before the 14-day period is completed.

Visit the SafeTravel page for the latest advice.

More Info:

Latest Advice For Travellers
Latest Advise for NZ Citizens & Residents Overseas
Latest Updates on COVID-19 From NZ Ministry Of Health
Travel Restriction Countries  - Latest List

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.