The Government has announced it now requires travellers from most countries arriving in New Zealand to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure.

Travellers who are landing in New Zealand must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure. A negative test result is not required for travellers from:

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

Nb: Children under 2 years of age do not need to take a pre-departure test.

Travellers from locations where the approved pre-departure testing is not available are exempt. Instead, travellers will need to get a certificate from a registered health professional confirming that they have no symptoms, less than 72 hours before travelling. Countries which fall under this exemption include:

  • Albania
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Slovenia
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan

Approved tests
The following tests are acceptable:

  • PCR/RT-PCR tests
  • LAMP
  • Antigen tests (also known as viral antigen tests or point-of-care (POC) antigen tests)

Our advice

It is important you check with your airline about any pre-departure testing requirements and factor these into your timings if you are planning to travel to New Zealand. Travellers should also remember that the requirement to secure a slot in managed isolation before travelling to New Zealand remains in force, with a significant wait list.

We would advise all travellers to confirm any travel requirements with an immigration adviser or solicitor as the rules continue to change.