Travelling or returning to New Zealand

If you're planning on flying to Aotearoa, New Zealand, we recommend checking the latest information and advice on travel requirements before you book.

New Zealand's borders are starting to open and we look forward to welcoming international visitors soon. For the latest news and updates, please visit the New Zealand Government website.

These requirements may change before you travel, so be sure to check regularly. Failure to meet local requirements may result in denied boarding. 

Last updated 12 May 2022, 1:52pm

1. Check requirements

Entry & transit

Pre-departure testing

  • Most passengers travelling to New Zealand must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure and after arrival.
  • 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

2. Complete requirements


  • Self-administered COVID-19 tests taken without supervision of a trained person are not accepted for travel to New Zealand.
  • Tests completed outside the required timeframe won't be accepted.

See our pre-departure testing page for more information including where you can get a supervised pre-departure test.


All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and permanent resident visa holders, must complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration form before departure.

We recommend setting aside some time to complete the online form. You can start your declaration up to 28 days before you fly and return to complete it prior to your departure, once you have your COVID-19 test results.

  • You will need to have your vaccination status and your negative pre-departure test results to complete the form.
  • After you have successfully completed the form, you'll receive a Traveller Pass to check in and board your flight. You'll also be asked to show your Traveller Pass upon arrival in New Zealand.

If you have any questions or are having difficulty completing your New Zealand Traveller Declaration, check the New Zealand Government website for further advice or reach out to the NZTD Contact Centre for assistance.

3. Get travel ready

  • We strongly recommend that you print and keep your verification of travel documentation with you throughout your journey.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers COVID-19 expenses.
  • Plan to arrive early at the airport for check-in to complete pre-departure checks and reach your gate on time.
  • Air New Zealand's face mask policy requires that all passengers 12 years of age and older (unless exempt) must wear a suitable mask before reaching the boarding gate and on our flights. We recommend packing a few masks for each person travelling - especially for long-haul flights.
  • Check if your travel plans with Air New Zealand are impacted by major events on our travel alerts page
  • Get ready to check in for your international trip.