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May 13, 2020

COVID -19: Transiting and departure from New Zealand

Transiting and departure from New Zealand

Transiting New Zealand

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes transiting through New Zealand as well unless there is an exception or transit arrangement.

The New Zealand Government announced on Monday 7 April 2020 that New Zealand will enter into transit arrangements with a range of countries to make it easier for each other’s citizens to get home.

Australia

Australian citizens, residents and immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) are able to transit New Zealand to Australia. Transiting travellers must remain airside, transit for no more than 24 hours and cannot enter New Zealand.

New Zealand citizens, residents and immediate family (partner, legal guardian and dependent children) who normally live in Australia are able to transit New Zealand to return to Australia. If you want to transit, you need to remain airside and not enter New Zealand. If you enter New Zealand, you will be required to self-isolate.

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand and immediate family (partner, legal guardian and dependent children) are able to transit Australia to New Zealand. Transiting travellers must remain airside and cannot enter Australia.

Chile

Citizens and ordinary residents of Chile, and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) if travelling with them, whose immediate or ultimate destination after departing New Zealand is Chile. Transiting travellers must remain airside, transit for no more than 24 hours and cannot enter New Zealand.

Other countries

You can transit New Zealand if:

  • You are a citizen, ordinarily resident or immediate family member of a citizen or resident (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) of one of the countries in the agreed country list
  • Your next destination after New Zealand is one of the countries in the agreed country list or
  • Your next destination after New Zealand is through an approved Transit Hub to get to one of the countries in the agreed country list

Agreed Country List

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay

Approved Transit Hubs

Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

Transiting travellers must remain airside, transit for no more than 24 hours and cannot enter New Zealand. Travellers must meet normal entry and transit requirements of all countries on their journey.

If any further transit arrangements are made the details will be updated here.

Emergency consular assistance for New Zealanders:

+64 99 20 20 20 | International

0800 30 10 30 | New Zealand

Safe Travel | New Zealand Government

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