Restrictions on travel from very high risk countries

Only New Zealand citizens and their immediate family may travel here from very high risk countries.

Travel to New Zealand remains strictly controlled to reduce the risk from COVID-19. 


There are currently no countries classified as very high risk

From 11:59pm 23 December 2021, Botswana, Eswatani, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, South Africa, Zimbabwe are no longer classified as very high risk. This means that eligible travellers from these countries will no longer be restricted from travelling to New Zealand.

From 7 January 2022, travellers must have both your COVID-19 test sample taken and your result returned within 48 hours of your scheduled departure time. This is a change from the current requirement to provide a negative pre-departure test within 72 hours of departure.

Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand | 

Managed isolation and quarantine |

This page will be updated when more information is available.