Travelling or returning to New Zealand
To make sure you're prepared, here is some information for your journey or return to New Zealand.
Before your trip
- Check you meet the New Zealand Government's entry requirements as well as any countries/regions you will pass through in transit and on your return journey.
- These requirements may change before you travel, so be sure to check regularly. Failure to meet local requirements may result in denied boarding.
- You will also need to check your isolation requirements prior to flying to New Zealand.
- If you are not eligible to travel quarantine-free, you will need to undertake managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) on arrival.
- Most passengers arriving into New Zealand must register for managed isolation accommodation before they can be permitted to board their flight.
- We highly recommend registering for managed isolation before booking your flight ticket, to ensure accommodation is available for when you wish to travel.
- Once you have registered for MIQ, a Managed Isolation Allocation System Voucher will be issued to you, and you will need to present this at check-in.
If you are not eligible to travel quarantine-free, you can find out how to register for MIQ on the New Zealand Government MIQ website.
- If you are eligible to travel quarantine-free, you will need to complete the online New Zealand Travel Declaration before departure.
- You will need to complete a health declaration at check-in.
- If you have any pre-existing conditions you'll need to provide a medical certificate at check-in or you may be denied boarding.
For additional information regarding quarantine-free travel, and to find out if you're eligible to do so, please refer to the New Zealand Government official website.
- Most passengers travelling to New Zealand must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure.
- If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination, you will still need to take a test.
Check the New Zealand Government pre-departure testing page to see if this applies to you, and arrange any testing you may need.
Passports and visas
- You will need a valid passport. Depending on your nationality and destination(s), you may need additional documentation such as visas and permits.
- If your travel documentation is incomplete or inadequate, you will not be permitted to board your flight.
Further information is available on the New Zealand immigration website. You can also refer to Star Alliance Country Information or IATA passport and visa information for the latest travel regulations for your destination(s), transit, and return countries.
When you're overseas
- Passengers transiting via New Zealand from the United Kingdom or the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test result before departure.
- Transit restrictions are continually changing and we strongly recommend that you check their website for information on whether you can transit or not.
Check the New Zealand Government's transiting requirements for the most up-to-date information.
- If you are not eligible to travel quarantine-free, you will undertake mandatory isolation or quarantine on arrival.
Check the New Zealand Government's quarantine requirements for the most up-to-date information, and make sure you have any quarantine arranged that you may need.
- Keep up to date with local travel alerts and stay informed of any disruptions which may affect your travel.
Check the New Zealand Government's COVID-19 alert levels and updates for the latest information. Check if your travel plans with Air New Zealand are impacted by major events on our Travel alerts page.
Before your return
- If you plan to return to New Zealand, the above entry requirements also apply to you.
- If you don't plan to return to New Zealand, please check you meet all local entry requirements for the country/region you're returning to.
Check the New Zealand Government's entry requirements for the most up-to-date information. Or, head to our international travel requirements page to check the entry and transit requirements for the country/region you're returning to.