Transit passengers

If you are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

Travel Ban

The New Zealand border is closed due to COVID-19 for all but critical travel, as protecting public health in New Zealand is paramount.

COVID-19 update

Transit through New Zealand

If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are called a transit passenger.

As a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft. You must normally spend less than 24 hours in transit in New Zealand, but this may change at short notice due to COVID-19 Alert Levels.


If you arrive in New Zealand before 11:59pm Saturday 22 August 2020, you must spend less than 12 hours in transit in New Zealand. From Sunday 23 August, normal 24 hours transit rules apply.

To transit New Zealand, you must:

  • meet one of the categories or exceptions that mean you do not require an NZeTA or transit visa, or
  • hold a NZeTA if you are allowed to transit on an NZeTA, or
  • hold a transit visa if you are required to have a transit visa.

Alert Levels and transit rules can change quickly, so it is your responsibility to make sure you can transit through New Zealand and enter any country on your journey. If you are unable to do this, you may not be allowed to board the plane.

Due to COVID-19 border restrictions you cannot enter New Zealand as a transit passenger.

Who does not need a visa or NZeTA

You do not need a visa or NZeTA if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder
  • are a New Zealand temporary entry class visa holder with valid travel conditions
  • are an Australian citizen
  • meet one of the COVID-19 exceptions.

Changes to transit rules for Fijian citizens

From 4 September 2020, Fijian citizens will need to apply for a transit visa to transit New Zealand.

Changes to transit rules for passengers departing the Pacific

From 19 September, all passengers in the Pacific who normally need a transit visa to transit New Zealand will need to apply for a transit visa.

Until 19 September 2020, if you are in the Pacific and need to transit New Zealand to return home and you would normally need a transit visa, you can transit New Zealand without applying for a transit visa if you meet the following conditions:

  • you are not on the list of transit visa waiver countries, and
  • your final destination after transiting New Zealand and/or through any third party country which will allow you to transit, is the country you are a citizen of, and
  • you must be located in one of the following Pacific countries or territories immediately before travelling to New Zealand:
    American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Mariana Islands, New Caledonia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu.

If your final destination after transiting New Zealand and/or any third country is to a country you are not a citizen of (for example ordinarily resident in another country) you will need to apply for a transit visa.

If you are from a visa waiver country, you will be required to apply for an NZeTA as normal.

Who must request an NZeTA

If you are planning to transit through New Zealand to another country you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you:

  • hold a passport from a country on the list of transit visa waiver countries, or
  • are a citizen of a country on the list of visa waiver countries and territories, or
  • hold a current Australian permanent resident visa that allows you to return to Australia from overseas, or
  • regardless of nationality, your immediate or final destination after transiting New Zealand is Australia and you hold a current visa issued by the government of Australia to enter Australia, or
  • regardless of nationality, you are travelling from Australia — including a person who began their journey outside Australia.

Transit visa waiver countries

Visa waiver countries and territories

Information about NZeTA

Who must apply for a transit visa

You must apply for a transit visa before you travel if you do not meet any of the above categories.

How to apply for a transit visa temporarily

We currently are unable to accept paper applications for transit visas. We have a temporary process in place for you to submit your application by email.

You will need to email the following documents to us:

  • a completed INZ 1019 Transit Visa Application form
    Transit Visa Application form (INZ 1019) PDF 1MB
  • a copy of your passport page showing your photo and passport information
  • travel tickets to a country that you have a right of entry to or other evidence of onward travel arrangements
  • a confirmed travel itinerary including relevant arrival and departure times from New Zealand
  • a statement of the purpose of the journey to the country of destination; and
  • any other information or evidence that you consider demonstrates that you are eligible to be granted a transit visa.

Email to:

You will not need to provide your original passport, passport photos or pay the normal fee temporarily.

We aim to process transit visa applications in 7 working days.


The transit visa mailbox is for completed transit visa applications only. All other enquiries will not be answered. Contact us if you require further information.

Special direction – Waiver of certain requirements for making a transit visa application during COVID-19 travel restrictions PDF 122KB