Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will commence at 21:59 AEST on 18 April 2021. All travellers who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days can travel by air between Australia and New Zealand quarantine-free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption.
This includes travellers who have spent all 14 days in either safe travel zone country, or people who have travelled between the two countries and are returning within the 14 day period.
All people residing in Australia or New Zealand (including foreign nationals) can use quarantine-free travel, as long as they meet the health, immigration and other standard border clearance requirements in each country.
All travellers should check the arrangements in their place of arrival and their place of final destination as quarantine requirements may apply in certain circumstances.
New Zealand health and immigration requirements are available on their website: New Zealand's quarantine-free travel requirements
For more information, see the Australian Government’s Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers
Note: Any change in the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand could lead to pausing or suspending quarantine-free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for managing any disruption to your travel plans, including if your return to Australia is delayed.
New Zealand citizens outside New Zealand
Quarantine-free travel does not apply to New Zealand citizens who are outside New Zealand or who have not been in New Zealand for the 14 days immediately before the proposed travel to Australia.
Note: The Cook Islands and Niue are not currently part of the quarantine-free travel agreement between Australia and New Zealand.
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.
Travelling from New Zealand to Australia quarantine-free
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.
If you are arriving in Australia by air, and you have been in either Australia or 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 do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia from New Zealand quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If eligible, they will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival.
You will only need to apply for a travel exemption before you travel to Australia if:
- you have been in Australia or 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.
Travelling from Australia to New Zealand quarantine-free
You do not need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to travel to New Zealand from Australia quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria. However you must meet the New Zealand Government’s health pre-conditions and all standard immigration, customs and biosecurity entry requirements apply.
Travelling from Australia to New Zealand: travel exemption requirements
If you are travelling directly to New Zealand and you have only been in either Australia or New Zealand for the 14 calendar days immediately before the date of your departure, you do not need to apply for an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions*. You are automatically exempt.
*Australian citizens and permanent residents will be required to apply for an outward travel exemption before travel to New Zealand if:
- you have booked an onward flight from New Zealand to another overseas destination
Those who travel onwards from New Zealand to another international destination must be aware that returning to Australia or New Zealand is likely to be difficult because of the current restrictions on passenger numbers and the limited availability of flights.
Those who seek to travel from New Zealand to another international destination and then return to Australia will be required to:
- present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours before departure to Australia
- enter 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival at their own expense, and
- be tested periodically while in mandatory quarantine.
The risks posed by overseas travel at this time, including possible disruption to return to Australia and from COVID-19 in many countries, remain high.
Transiting through Australia to New Zealand
Travellers seeking to transit through Australia must be able to secure an onwards ticket on a red zone flight that departs Australia no more than 72 hours after initial entry. If a suitable connecting red zone flight is not available, transit through Australia will not be possible. More information on transiting Australia can be found on the Transiting Australia webpage.
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 arrive on a quarantine-free flight, you will be guided through a green zone to complete all border clearance processes in the airport of arrival in Australia.
For further information for travellers arriving on quarantine-free flights see Department of Health website.