COVID-19 - Travel Restrictions

New Zealand has closed its borders to everyone except citizens and residents in an attempt to stop the growth of coronavirus.

International Travel Restrictions

The New Zealand Government has further strengthened travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travellers from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020.

  • Border closure effective from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Most foreign travellers can no longer enter New Zealand.
  • Returning residents and citizens must isolate themselves upon arrival.
  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand.

Foreign nationals in New Zealand can now travel domestically in order to reach Christchurch or Auckland airport to take an international flight.

There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand for:

  • partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents
  • Australian citizens and permanent resident who normally live in New Zealand
  • humanitarian reasons
  • health and other essential workers
  • citizens of Samoa and Tonga for essential travel to New Zealand
  • the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner of dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand.

Find out more about the exceptions process:

No other foreign traveller can enter New Zealand. Returning residents and citizens must isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival.

Find out more about the border closure:

Air New Zealand to cut long-haul routes

Air New Zealand is extending the timeframe for its significantly reduced network, with its minimal international operations to continue through to 31 August 2020.

Air New Zealand is currently operating a limited international network through to 31 August to keep air links open for essential travel and cargo movement on key trade routes. Total capacity has been reduced to 95 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels and demand will be reviewed on a route-by-route basis before services are resumed.

Stay updated on Air New Zealand travel alerts, flight schedules and changes:

This page was last updated on 09 June at 11.25am