Travelling from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu

Quarantine-free travel for RSE workers arriving in New Zealand from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

From October one-way quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu to New Zealand will commence. Eligibility and health requirements will apply.


More information will be published as it comes available.


Initially only Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers will be able to travel to New Zealand quarantine-free. All other travellers must go through Managed Isolation and Quarantine.

RSE workers must meet immigration requirements, including the requirements for a border exception.

Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa

Bringing workers to New Zealand

To travel to New Zealand from Samoa, Tonga, or Vanuatu you must: 

  • Be flying from Samoa, Tonga, or Vanuatu to New Zealand directly on a charter flight operated by Air New Zealand or Air Vanuatu, and 
  • Have been present for at least 14 days before travelling to New Zealand in Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu or New Zealand.

Health requirements

Health requirements for quarantine-free flights include:

  • having had at least one vaccination that is recognised by their country of departure before departing,
  • completing a 7 day period of self-isolation through their employer on arrival, and
  • completing a COVID-19 test on day 0 and day 5

On arrival in New Zealand

On arrival in New Zealand there are health instructions you must follow. This includes: 

  • staying at least 2 metres away from anyone in the arrival airport who did not arrive from Samoa, Tonga, or Vanuatu, and 
  • wearing a face covering while in the arrival airport,
  • not had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days,
  • not have any COVID-19 symptoms, and
  • not be waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Your health may be assessed on arrival. 

If you were an RSE worker due to arrive during August or September

Some RSE flights from Vanuatu and Samoa were deferred due to New Zealand’s lockdown. Due to the deferral of two of these flights, ‘travel by’ dates for these visa holders have expired.

New RSE limited visas will be granted to the RSE workers who were due to arrive on the flights from Vanuatu and Samoa in late August and early September, and who are still planning to travel to New Zealand.

Workers and their employers do not need to submit a new application or pay a further fee. Employers are being contacted directly with regard to visa arrangements.