Reopening the New Zealand border

The international border is reopening in stages for eligible travellers to enter New Zealand.

Who can travel to New Zealand now

You can travel to New Zealand now if you are:

Visa waiver travellers and work, working holiday, visitor and student visa holders can leave and return to New Zealand, if their visa conditions allow for this.

Visa waiver travellers

Visitor visa holders

Critical purpose reasons for New Zealand travel

Australian citizen and permanent resident travel requirements

Working holiday schemes and visas

You want to study in New Zealand

Other critical workers and their employers

Transit visa holders


Before you can travel to New Zealnd you must hold a valid visa or NZeTA.

Information about the NZeTA 

Entry into New Zealand later in 2022

From July 2022

As part of step 4 New Zealand’s borders will open to Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders. 


The AEWV will mainly be limited to roles that pay above the New Zealand median wage. More information on this is available:

 Accredited Employer Work Visa

The maritime border reopens on 31 July 2022.

Visitor visa applications open to Pacific Island Forum countries from 16 May 2022

From 16 May, you can apply for a New Zealand visitor visa from a Pacific Island Forum country (excluding Australia).

The countries included are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

You can apply for a visitor visa if you are living in one of these countries, even if you are a citizen of another country.

Applications will need to be submitted online. 

Apply for a visitor visa

Remaining visas open in July 2022

Applications resume for all visa categories:

Border exceptions will be phased out. 

COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements

Before travelling, check the COVID-19 website for guidance on:

Vaccination requirements for travel to New Zealand

How to enter New Zealand if you are self-testing on arrival

Temporary visa applications

Applications for most temporary visas from people outside of New Zealand are suspended.

The following offshore temporary entry class visa applications can still be made: