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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.
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand can also return to New Zealand.

All affected foreign travellers must have checked in for their flight to New Zealand by this time.

Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand for:

  • 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.

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

As at Monday 16 March, Air New Zealand announced plans to reduce its long-haul capacity by 85% over the coming months due to the Covid-19 crisis. The airline has confirmed that it is suspending long-haul flights from 30 March to 30 June between:

  • Auckland and Chicago;
  • Auckland and San Francisco;
  • Auckland and Houston;
  • Auckland and Buenos Aires;
  • Auckland and Vancouver;
  • Auckland and Tokyo Narita;
  • Auckland and Honolulu;
  • Auckland and Denpasar; and
  • Auckland and Taipei.

It is also suspending its London–Los Angeles service from 20 March (ex LAX) and 21 March (ex LHR) through to 30 June.

The Tasman and Pacific Island network capacity will significantly reduce between April and June. Details of these schedule changes will be announced later this week.

On the domestic network, capacity will be reduced by around 30% in April and May but no routes will be suspended.

Stay updated on Air New Zealand travel alerts and changes: 

This page was last updated on 19 March at 10.35pm