Tourists and business travellers are again welcome in New Zealand. However, there are still some rules in place against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Prepare for your trip to New Zealand by reading on this page how the coronavirus can still affect your holiday or business trip.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Zealand
New Zealand managed to protect itself relatively well from the coronavirus during the pandemic. In early 2020, a strict entry ban was imposed, including for travellers who already had visas. Those who received an exception to travel to the country had to spend two weeks in quarantine after arrival. The entry ban and quarantine requirements have since been lifted.
It was not until February 2022 that New Zealand first saw more than one thousand positive COVID-19 test results in a single day. Since then, the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been dominant. More than 95% of all New Zealanders aged 12 years or older have been vaccinated. As a result, even during the spring wave of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the effects of the virus remain limited.
You can go on a holiday or business trip again
New Zealandʼs borders were closed to business travellers and tourists from 18 March 2020 to 1 May 2022. The borders have now been reopened. However, you still need to take into account some coronavirus rules. For example, you have to prove before your departure that you have been fully vaccinated. You must also submit a negative coronavirus test result before departure. Just like before the coronavirus pandemic, you must also apply for a New Zealand visa in good time. Below, you can read how to properly prepare for a holiday or business trip to New Zealand.
Step 1 | Applying for your visa
Apply for the required visa well before you travel to New Zealand. For both holiday and business travel, you can use the so-called NZeTA. This visa type is valid for two years for an unlimited number of trips to New Zealand. Each stay may last up to 3 consecutive months. In total, you may stay in the country for up to six months a year with an NZeTA. The NZeTA is suitable for travellers with the nationality of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland and all (other) countries in the European Union.Apply for your NZeTA now
Step 2 | Arranging your vaccination certificate
You may only travel to New Zealand if you are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. This means that you need to have been vaccinated at least twice with a European approved Covid-19 vaccin. Combinations of two different vaccinations are allowed. If you received the Johnson vaccin, one vaccination is enough.
You must be able to prove this with a vaccination certificate. It must show your name, the type of vaccine you received, the name of the organisation that administered the vaccine, the place where this was done and the date(s) on which you were vaccinated. Children 16 years of age or younger do not need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. An exception is made if you can provide a statement from a doctor that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Step 3 | Arranging your coronavirus test
You must arrange for a PCR coronavirus test no more than 48 hours before travelling to New Zealand, You may also opt for an antigen test, but this must be done no more than 24 hours before departure. Do you not have a direct flight to New Zealand? In that case, the test must have been taken no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 48 hours (PCR) before your first international flight. You may only travel if your test result confirms that you do not have COVID-19. Children under 2 years of age do not need to be tested for the coronavirus.
Step 4 | Providing your vaccination and test certificate
Once you have applied for your New Zealand visa, you will see instructions on the personal status page of your visa application on how to submit your vaccination certificate and test results. Along with providing these proofs, you must declare that you do not have any coronavirus symptoms. Once your vaccination certificate and test certificate have been processed, you will receive an email with a QR code. You must be able to show this during your trip to New Zealand.
Step 5 | Self-test on arrival
Upon arrival in New Zealand, you will receive two self-tests. With these, you have to test yourself on the first and on the fifth or sixth day after arrival to see if you are infected with the coronavirus. You will receive an email after arrival with instructions on how to submit the results of these two self-tests.New Zealand has lifted the coronavirus (COVID-19) entry ban
The influence of COVID-19 on your return journey to the UK
The British government considers New Zealand a safe travel destination. There are no rules for travellers returning to the UK. This means no test result or passenger locator form is required, and travellers also do not need to self-isolate.
The influence of COVID-19 on your return journey to Ireland
The Irish government also considers New Zealand a safe travel destination. Ireland has also abolished all rules for returning travellers, meaning no test result or quarantine is required for travellers returning to Ireland from abroad.
Disclaimer: the coronavirus led to many surprises, and changes in rules are sometimes difficult to predict. The information on this page about the coronavirus situation in New Zealand has been compiled with care, but no rights can be derived from it. Before you leave, check with your travel agent or airline about current measures against the coronavirus.