Entry to NZ is changing – effective 27th February 2022 – the Five Stage re-opening plan begins:


Step 1 — from Sunday 27 February, 11.59 pm


You can enter NZ while the border is restricted if you are:

  • an NZ citizen
  • an NZ permanent resident or resident visa holder
  • an Australian citizen or permanent residence visa holder where NZ is your primary place of residence
  • people with border exceptions or a critical purpose reason to travel
  • a partner, dependent child, or parent of a dependent child who either:
    • holds a visa based on their relationship to an NZ citizen or resident
    • is travelling with a New Zealander or resident, or
    • is ordinarily resident in NZ.

Step 2 — from Friday 4 March, 11.59 pm

The border opens to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world. You do not need to self-isolate when you arrive.

This means you can travel to New Zealand isolation-free if you:

  • are eligible to enter the border while it is restricted, including if you have a border exception
  • meet health requirements, including being fully vaccinated and getting pre-departure tests.


More information is available on the Department of Health and New Zealand’s COVID-19 websites.


For Information on the New Zealand Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel impacts check out the following sites:

Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information on Travel Restrictions

Visit the official COVID-19 website for up to date information on COVID-19  Travel Alerts