Australia and New Zealand Safe Travel Zone

Current as of 7 April 2021–  Quarantine-free flights from New Zealand to Australia have resumed.

Australians travelling to New Zealand

Quarantine free travel from NZ has resumed for travellers under the following conditions:

  • they have been New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 outbreak location, and
  • are travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.
  • Travellers do not need to be NZ citizens but must meet the above criteria, but will need a valid visa to enter Australia
  • New Zealand citizens will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival if eligible
  • Airlines determine which flights are quarantine free flights.

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

These conditions do not apply to NZ citizens who have been outside NZ or who have not been in New Zealand for the last 14 days or more.

New Zealanders travelling to Australia

To travel to Australia, the passenger must be on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand. For example, Air New Zealand has announced ‘quarantine’ and ‘quarantine-free’ flights, and we encourage that you check this before traveling.

Non-New Zealand citizens may also travel to Australia provided that they meet the requirements and have a valid visa.

The government has announced that the first stage of the quarantine-free travel will be with New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Victoria. However, this may expand in the future.

There will be increased border security at the airport to ensure that information is collected on arrivals to assist with contact tracing if necessary.

Three flights from New Zealand arrived at Sydney Airport earlier on 16 October 2020 carrying international passengers who, for the first time in seven months, will not need to quarantine upon arrival.

There will be a total of 16 flights between the two countries each week, with Jetstar and Qantas joining Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways in advertising the trans-Tasman flights.

New Zealanders travelling to Australia

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern has announced that Australian travellers are able to enter New Zealand without mandatory hotel quarantine from 19 April 2021.

Similar to the New Zealanders travelling to Australia, Australians flying into New Zealand will go through a green zone at the airport and will be separated from travellers from around the world. The travel bubble will allow Australians to travel to anywhere in New Zealand.

Anyone with a flu or cold symptoms will not be able to travel and all passengers are required be wear a mask.

Travel to New Zealand (22 March 2021)

The travel bubble is not limited to Australian citizens or permanent residents. Anyone who is eligible to live in Australia and New Zealand can travel. It is noted that, you must be in either country for 14 days before departure and have the relevant visa.


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