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Border entry restrictions
The New Zealand borders are closed for all but critical travel — protecting public health in New Zealand is paramount. The travel ban applies to all arrivals into New Zealand whether by air or sea.
New Zealand citizens and residents
You have a legal right to come home if you are:
You do not need approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling.
There are a small number of limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. These exceptions apply to people who:
If you’re not a New Zealand citizen or resident you legally must get approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling to New Zealand.
There are also exceptions for some vessels. These include cargo ships, fishing vessels unloading catch and ships coming from Antarctica.
Managed isolation and quarantine
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, people who do arrive in New Zealand legally must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine at an isolation facility. Returnees will also be tested for COVID-19 during their stay.
Leaving New Zealand
Many borders around the world are closed to people who are not citizens and permanent residents of that country.
Transiting through New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has transit arrangements with a number of countries to make it easier for each country’s citizens to get home.
Transit agreements that say who may transit through New Zealand are published by Immigration New Zealand.
We recommend you also check if you need to apply for a transit exemption from managed isolation.
New Zealand is at COVID-19 alert Level 4, which includes severe restrictions on travel to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people to the bare minimum and stopping all but essential travel. The restrictions do not apply to workers and operators involved in the delivery of essential goods (as defined in essential services list on the COVID-19 website) by road and rail freight. If there are non-essential goods blocking the movement of essential goods, then the non-essential goods can be moved to storage elsewhere. At this time, the distribution of non-essential goods is not permitted. Restrictions to do not apply to all personnel involved in the movement of freight by ship, internationally and domestically, when undertaking an essential service. This includes the operation of ferries (e.g. the Cook Strait ferries) to move essential freight and essential workers. Non-essential goods at a port be transported, only if: 1)if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of dealing with essential goods; and 2) if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on the movement of essential goods or the delivery of essential services at the Port; or 3) if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port and across the supply chain. In this instance, the non-essential goods are classified as essential for the purposes of moving them to an alternative storage facility.
New Zealand is taking strong action to contain the spread of Covid-19 and announced
Further information: http://www.wcoomd.org/-/media/wco/public/global/pd....