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The New Zealand safe travel zone allows for travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days to travel by air to Australia quarantine-free, without applying for a travel exemption.

Routine pre-departure and on arrival screening will apply.

All travellers should check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and place of final destination as quarantine requirements may apply.

For more information, see Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers

New Zealand citizens outside New Zealand

The safe travel zone does not apply to New Zealand citizens who are outside New Zealand or who have not been in New Zealand for the last 14 days or more.

Australia Travel Declaration

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia.

The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.

This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and also allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreak locations

See the Australia Travel Declaration page for a list of New Zealand locations that are of concern. If you have been to any of these locations during the times specified, you will need to identify this on your Australia Travel Declaration. 

Travel exemptions

Travelling from New Zealand to Australia

If you are arriving in Australia by air, and you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more before you travel, you do not need to apply for an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions. You are automatically exempt. 

You will need to apply for a travel exemption before you travel to Australia if:

  • you have been in New Zealand for less than 14 days before your planned departure (including travellers who are transiting New Zealand), or
  • you intend to travel to Australia by sea.

If you have already submitted a travel exemption request

We will continue to process travel exemption requests from passengers travelling from New Zealand.

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

From 19 April 2021, people who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel quarantine-free to New Zealand. This includes people who have spent all 14 days in Australia, or people who have travelled from New Zealand to Australia and are returning within 14 days.

To travel quarantine-free you must meet the New Zealand Government’s health pre-conditions and all other normal entry requirements, like customs, immigration and biosecurity, apply.

Be aware that quarantine-free travel could be paused or suspended at any time, so stay up to date. Australian citizens and permanent residents who have been in Australia for 14 days before departure can travel to New Zealand without applying for an outwards travel exemption.

Note: This only applies when New Zealand is the destination of travel. If you are transiting through New Zealand to another destination, you must apply for an outward travel exemption.

Arrival in Australia

Green and red zones have been created at airports in Australia to ensure the separation of passengers arriving on ‘quarantine-free’ flights, from other passengers who are required to enter 14 days mandatory quarantine.

If you travel on a quarantine-free flight, you will be guided through the green zone to complete all border clearance processes in the airport of arrival in Australia.  

For further information for travellers arriving in the green travel zone see Department of Health website.