Transit passengers

Information about transit visas and criteria for passing through New Zealand to another country.


The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 update

Restrictions on transiting New Zealand to Australia

Due to quarantine-free travel (QFT) between Australian and New Zealand there are currently no flights for non-quarantine free travellers between New Zealand and Australia.

Restrictions on transiting New Zealand to China

From 24 June 2021, only passengers travelling from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu can transit New Zealand to China, due to Chinese government health testing requirements.

Travellers originating in any other location will not be able to transit New Zealand to China.

Please refer to your closest Chinese embassy for any special requests or further information.

Transit through New Zealand

If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are 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. Normally you must spend less than 24 hours in transit in New Zealand, but this may change at short notice due to COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Travel to other countries 

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.

 As a transit passenger you cannot enter New Zealand.

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.

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.



Information about NZeTA

Who must apply for a transit visa

You must apply for a Transit Visa before you travel if you are not:

  • from a transit visa waiver country
  • from a visa waiver country, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Apply for a transit visa

Transit visa applicants from all countries, except Tonga and Samoa, must submit applications to an Immigration New Zealand office or Visa Application Centre.

Transit visa

Applicants in Tonga and Samoa may apply via email, by providing the following documents:

  • 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 you are eligible to be granted a transit visa.

Send 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 20 working days.


The email address is only to be used by people sending transit visa applications from Tonga and Samoa. No other enquiries will be answered.

COVID-19 travel restrictions

Travellers should remain aware of COVID-19 travel restrictions. These restrictions can change at short notice.

Travellers should monitor Government websites for changes.

Travel and the border | COVID19.govt

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