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Transit passengers

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

Restrictions on transiting New Zealand to China

From 24 June 2021 only Chinese citizens travelling from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu can transit New Zealand to China. Check Chinese government testing requirements with your closest embassy or consulate before your trip and ensure you hold the appropriate visa type for your time in New Zealand.

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

Check with your closest Chinese embassy or consulate 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.

Travel to other countries 

To transit New Zealand, you must:


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:

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:



Information about NZeTA

Who must apply for a transit visa

You must apply for a transit visa before you travel if you are not:

Apply for a transit visa

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

Transit visa

Immigration New Zealand offices in Tonga and Samoa remain closed. If you are applying from Tonga or Samoa you can send your application to: 

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 2277


Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 830