Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is currently paused. Read more here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is currently paused. Read more here....Read more

  • Reviewed: 31 March 2021, 11:42 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 October 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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Canada

Terrorism
New Zealanders travelling and living in Canada are advised to take account of the terror threat level assigned by the Canadian authorities when making travel decisions. For further information on the threat of terrorism in Canada see the Canadian Security Intelligence Service website.

Terrorist groups, individuals returning to Canada from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Canada. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists.  Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past. 

New Zealanders in Canada are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Canada and is common in tourist areas, in larger cities and on public transport. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Avoid leaving valuables in unattended vehicles.

General Travel Advice
As of 17 October 2018, recreational cannabis is legally available throughout Canada. Local laws can vary depending on the province or territory you are visiting. It is also illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border without a permit or exemption authorised by Health Canada.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Canada should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Canada are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

Street Address 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1401 Ottawa Ontario K2P 1L4 Telephone +1 613 238 5991 Email info@nzhcottawa.org Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/americas/canada/new-zealand-high-commission/ Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General Vancouver, Canada

Street Address Suite 2250, 1050 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 3S7 Telephone +1 604 684 7388 Fax +1 604 684 7333 Hours Mon - Fri 9:30am - 1:30pm

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Calgary, Canada

Note All enquiries should be directed to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Toronto, Canada

Note All enquiries should be directed to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa

See our regional advice for North America

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New Zealand High Commission Canada

Street Address
150 Elgin Street, Suite 1401 Ottawa Ontario K2P 1L4

Telephone: +1 613 238 5991

Email: info@nzhcottawa.org

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/americas/canada/new-zealand-high-commission/

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630 hrs

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