• Patrick McBride

Pre-departure testing for arrivals into New Zealand

All travellers to New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) legally must now have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.

Travellers who must be tested before departure


The Government now requires all travellers to New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.


For travellers from the UK or the US, this came into effect at 11.59pm (NZT) on 15 January 2021.


For travellers from other countries (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) this will come into effect from 11.59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January.


The Pacific islands that are exempt from pre-departure testing are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.


If you are planning to travel to New Zealand soon, it is a good idea to work out how you will be able to get your pre-departure test results within 72 hours of your departure.



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