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From Friday, 16 October 2020, you can travel from New Zealand to Australia, quarantine-free, if:

  • you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 outbreak location, and
  • you are travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.

You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia 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.

A quarantine-free flight only carries passengers who have declared they have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and have not been in a COVID-19 outbreak location in New Zealand in the last 14 days before travel. Quarantine-free flights will be determined by your airline. You should not travel if you are feeling unwell or have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand is to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Victoria. Other states may be added at a later date.

If you intend to onward travel to other states/territories, you should check local requirements prior to travelling. Some states and territories may require travellers from safe zone countries to quarantine on arrival.

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.

If you arrive in either NSW, the ACT, the Northern Territory or Victoria on a quarantine-free flight, you will not need to enter mandatory quarantine. If you arrive at any other location or you are not on a quarantine-free flight, you will be subject to mandatory quarantine.

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

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You will be subject to New Zealand entry requirements.

Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia.

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.