Restrictions on travel from very high risk countries Friday, 23 April 2021

From 11:59PM NZST on Wednesday 28 April 2021, only NZ citizens and their immediate family may travel here from Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

Travel to New Zealand remains strictly controlled to reduce the risk from COVID-19. Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea have been designated very high risk countries. Only New Zealand citizens and their immediate family members travelling from high risk countries are eligible for entry to New Zealand.

Other travellers, including New Zealand residents, can enter only if they spend 14 days outside a very high risk country before their arrival here. Transit through a very high risk country is excluded from the 14-day requirement.

All other immigration requirements apply

Details of measures introduced by the New Zealand Government include:

  • restricting travel from very high risk countries to New Zealand citizens, their partners, dependent children, the parent of a dependent child who is a New Zealand citizen, and those with significant humanitarian reasons. All non-New Zealand citizens must hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand
  • permitted travellers must provide a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR (PCR) test result from an accredited laboratory completed within 72 hours of departure. No other types of tests qualify.

Travellers to New Zealand from countries outside quarantine-free travel zones must complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine.

Quarantine-free travel zones

Managed isolation and quarantine | MIQ.govt.nz

Restrictions on travel to New Zealand from very high risk countries | COVID19.govt.nz

Requests for exemptions to restrictions on travel from very high risk countries

Immigration New Zealand cannot grant exemptions to these restrictions, including on humanitarian grounds. Information about exemptions for travellers with a valid visa to enter New Zealand can be found at Managed Isolation and Quarantine.

Emergency allocation requests