Quarantine-free travel is now available between Australia and New Zealand.
From 19 April 2021, you can travel from Australia to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility when you arrive. Travellers from New Zealand have already been able to enter most states in Australia without having to go into managed isolation.
All other normal entry requirements, for example immigration and biosecurity, apply.
The SafeTravel advice level for Australia has been lowered to level two “Exercise increased caution”. The global “do not travel” advisory remains in place for all other destinations.
Travellers should read our full travel advisory for Australia here.
Different Australian states can have different requirements and rules for travellers related to COVID-19. Travellers should check the conditions and any requirements in each state they intend to travel to before travelling.
If community cases occur in New Zealand or Australia, the Government could pause quarantine-free travel for a time to assess the risk or it could suspend travel for a longer period of time. It will be travellers’ responsibility to manage any COVID-19 related travel disruption and to meet any associated financial costs.
Read more about how a COVID-19 case in Australia would be managed on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.
Travellers should have a plan for what to do if their return to New Zealand is delayed. They may need to stay in Australia for longer than they planned, and will need to meet any costs for this. Government assistance is unlikely to be available.
Travellers should continue to monitor local news sources and the Unite Against Covid-19 website in case any changes in quarantine-free travel arrangements occur.
When travellers return to New Zealand from Australia they must answer questions about their health at departure — travellers will not be able to travel if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
If travellers have any pre-existing condition that explains any symptoms they may have (for example hayfever), they must bring evidence of this to avoid being denied boarding. This evidence must be a medical certificate.
Before they travel, travellers should register their details with SafeTravel so that they can receive up to date travel advice. It is also important that travellers get travel insurance and check their policy carefully. Read more information about travel insurance here.
Information about consular support available to New Zealanders overseas can be found here.
Further detailed information about quarantine-free travel can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
Reviewed:28 Apr 2021, 15:15
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