Travel to Australia and back just got easier, like stepping back in time. But, there are conditions that go along with having the freedom to travel internationally again, and we know you’ll have questions.
Below is information regarding the recent changes to the Trans-Tasman Bubble that the New Zealand government has confirmed, with the requirements for people travelling from Australia to New Zealand. This is effective from 23 July until further notice, however can be changed by the New Zealand or Australian governments at any time without notice.
Tasman Bubble Suspended effective midnight 23 July 21
The New Zealand Government has announced the pause of quarantine-free travel from all states of Australia to New Zealand from midnight, Friday the 23rd of July. The pause will run for at least 8 weeks and will be reviewed just prior to this time. This means that Australians will not able to enter New Zealand quarantine free during this pause.
New Zealand residents and citizens returning to New Zealand will need to return within the next 7 days. The government and airlines are working towards getting all New Zealanders and residents home within this time.
Travellers departing from Victoria
All travellers will be required to produce a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure from Australia. On arrival you will need to self isolate until a Covid test on day 3 has returned negative results.
Please find the release on the Covid-19 New Zealand Government website here.
Travellers from Northern Territory, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria or Queensland who have been in Australia for more than 72 hours, are required to:
Present evidence of a negative PCR or RT-PCR COVID-19 pre-departure test taken within 72 hour from departure to NZ.
- Please take note of the type of COVID-19 test that is required found here.
- COVID-19 testing and result certificates for travel clearance are only accepted if provided by pathology clinics. Free community testing clinics do not comply with New Zealand Government requirements.
- Passengers should also keep evidence of the negative test throughout their journey. If you have received a Covid-19 vaccination, you will still need to take a test
Travellers from all states will also be required to:
Complete the Nau Mai Rā, New Zealand travel declaration form.
Complete the health declaration at the airport to confirm they did not visit a location of interest. Click here for a list of locations of interest Please check this again before you depart in case of any changes
Passengers must not be:
- A close contact of someone infectious with COVID-19.
- At a location of interest within 14 days before travelling to New Zealand.
- Awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
The following travellers are eligible to book return flights from Australia, with exception of New South Wales, until midnight 30 July, without having to go into Managed Isolation:
New Zealand citizens.
New Zealand permanent residents or resident visa holders.
Citizens of Australia or persons who hold current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand on or after 5 April 2021.
Holders of New Zealand temporary visas who last departed New Zealand after 5 April 2021.
Spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories.
Travellers departing from New South Wales, managed return flights
Planned “green flights” from Sydney to Auckland and Christchurch have commenced 13 July 2021.
All travellers will be required to enter a managed isolation facility for 14 days upon arrival into New Zealand.
You will automatically be assigned a place in managed isolation once booked on a managed return flight. You do not need to book a place in a managed isolation facility via the online booking system. You do not need to do anything else to secure your place in a managed isolation facility.
Travellers will be tested at the managed isolation facility as per the usual protocols, at day 0 / 1, at day 3, and again at day 12.
There will be no cost to stay in managed isolation in this instance.
As a precaution you are recommended to pack everything you need for 24 hours in your carry-on luggage. This includes medicines, baby formula, clothes, and toiletries with the standard quantity and weight limits.
A negative pre-departure test will not be required on departure as passengers will be entering a managed isolation facility upon entering New Zealand.
The government and airlines are working through the rebooking process of flights and the booking of managed isolation rooms and passengers will be contacted by the airline you are booked on to travel to New Zealand
Please find the release on the Covid-19 New Zealand Government website here.
We recommend you keep checking back on this website as this is these updates can change at any time.
Compassionate or Urgent Assistance, the spaces set aside by the Government for urgent or exceptional circumstances have been fully allocated for managed return flights from New South Wales. No further applications for urgent or exceptional travel are being accepted after 7pm (NZT) / 5pm (AEST) on 16 July. Please find more information and advice from the New Zealand Government here.
All travellers arriving in New Zealand that do not meet the above requirements may be transferred to a Managed Isolation and Quarantine facility for 14 days.
Please note that the following regions are in a state of lockdown
Greater Sydney until midnight on 30th July 2021
Victoria until midnight 26 July 2021
South Australia until midnight 27 July 2021
Following are a selection of the most frequently asked questions.
When can I travel to Australia and back to New Zealand quarantine free?
Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will begin on 19 April. New Zealanders will be able to travel to Australia, without the need to quarantine upon their return to New Zealand.
Quarantine-free travel is subject to change at short notice by either the New Zealand or Australian governments. You’ll be travelling at your own risk and must be prepared for changes at any time.
You will need to allow extra time when arriving at the airport and will need to check that you all have completed all necessary documentation.
Who is eligible to travel quarantine free trans-tasman?
Subject to meeting normal immigration requirements, please check the eligibility criteria in the following links:
What does ‘green lane travel’ mean?
You will go through a “green zone” in the airport separated from flights from elsewhere, and the flights will be crewed by staff who have not flown on any high-risk routes within a specified time frame.
This means you won’t be in contact with people arriving from other parts of the world, green flights coming to New Zealand from Australia only carry passengers who have been in Australia or New Zealand in the past 14 days.
Where can I find information about the requirements of different states and inter-state travel?
It's really important to check the individual State requirements as different forms are required for each in addition to your Australian Travel Declaration. Click these links below for each state prior to booking your travel and make sure you check again before you depart in case of any changes.
Do I still need a visa?
Normal immigration rules will apply
Before you travel
What do I need to do before I travel?
The NZ Government has the information on what you will need to do pre-travel. Please refer here
All travellers to Australia are required to complete an Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours prior to travel. More information and the online declaration is available here
Please also check State Government websites for additional requirements, the links are above.
Do I need a pre-departure test prior to travel to Australia?
Currently, you do not need a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test to travel to Australia on a quarantine-free flight provided you meet all the other requirements as per the government links above.
However, this may change at any time and could change by state. Check the links for each state above before you book and again before you travel to make sure no requirements have changed. It is possible that a pre-departure test may be required in either direction in the event of an outbreak.
Do I need a pre-departure test prior to travel to New Zealand?
Yes, you now require a negative PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test to enter New Zealand. You will need to have had both your COVID-19 sample taken and your result returned no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your first international departure. COVID-19 testing and result certificates for travel clearance are only accepted if provided by pathology clinics. Free community testing clinics do not comply with New Zealand Government requirements. You should also keep evidence of the negative test throughout your journey.
If you have received a Covid-19 vaccination, you will still need to take a test. For more detailed information please click here
Will I need a vaccine prior to travel?
At this stage a vaccine is not a requirement.
Is there a contact tracing app I will need to download before I travel?
Yes, this will vary from state to state and some apps may require an Australian SIM card.
Further information on each state, refer here.
What will the airport experience be like?
The airport experience will change, please check airline websites and arrival and departure airport websites for full information. At airports, customers will be required to:
Show proof of documentation required to enter the country and or state of arrival.
Complete health declarations and health checks as required by government and state on departure or arrival.
Co-operate with all staff requests for additional precautions at the border.
Follow the Airports Safe Travel Path which creates separation from other arriving passengers by giving ‘green’ flights an exclusive pathway through the airport.
Wear a face-covering when arriving into a New Zealand airport, unless exempt. Departing passengers from New Zealand are not legally required to wear a face-covering but is encouraged.
Not be experiencing any of the following symptoms
with or without a fever:
New or worsening cough
Shortness of breath
Loss of sense of smell
Fever (at least 38 degrees Celsius)
Airlines are recommending that customers arrive at airports earlier than normal. Air New Zealand has advised allowing time for processing of additional checks even if checking in online, their suggested times below:
When travelling from a regional New Zealand airport to connect with a flight to Australia – 2 hours prior to departure.
International – 3 hours prior to departure
For more detailed information by airport please check the links below:
What should I expect whilst travelling?
The New Zealand Government has provided information on what you can expect whilst travelling, including if you are unwell. View here.
What are the situations that might mean my travel is disrupted by Covid 19?
The Government is using a traffic light system to illustrate how the bubble will be affected if new cases pop up in Australia.
There are three possible scenarios: continue (green), pause (orange) and suspend (red). More information is available here:
Will I need to go into managed isolation on my return to NZ if I have visited a state where travel is suspended or paused?
This will be decided by the NZ government depending on the situation at the time. Check this fact sheet provided by the government for more information and please ensure you stay up to date with the situation and what s permitted while you are travelling.
* Please be aware that this is general information only and not comprehensive. It may not cover your personal circumstances and is subject to change. Updated as of 9 July 2021