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Reconnecting with the world

17 Jun 2022

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New Zealand citizens and residents from anywhere in the world can return to New Zealand, along with vaccinated travellers from countries who do not need a visa (visa waiver visitors).

From 11:59pm Sunday 31 July, all visa categories including tourist, visitor and student visas will reopen for applications for travellers from anywhere in the world. Normal visitor travel is expected to resume by October at the latest.

More detailed information on who can travel to New Zealand is available here.

This is great news for many families who are keen to reconnect with loved ones. It’s also great news for Kiwis who would like to enjoy a long-awaited overseas holiday!

International travel will be different to what you’re used to so below we have outlined what to expect when you travel to and from Wellington Airport.

Where to first from Wellington?

From Wellington, you can now fly non-stop to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with Air New Zealand and Qantas. Fiji Airways are flying non-stop to Nadi and Air New Zealand will also fly this route from July. In addition, Jetstar is now flying non-stop to the Gold Coast.

For latest information on flight dates and times, we recommend touching base with Air New Zealand or Fiji Airways directly as their schedules are being updated daily.

Book now with Air New Zealand

Book now with Fiji Airways

Book now with Qantas

Book now with Jetstar

Leaving New Zealand

Before flying to your destination, make sure you are fully vaccinated and have arranged any pre-travel tests or other travel and health requirements before you fly.

A negative Covid-19 test may be required for international travel. From April 17 this is no longer required for travel to Australia, but a PCR or supervised Rapid Antigen test may be required for travel to other destinations such as Fiji. Proof of vaccination is required for most international travel. 

There may be other requirements, such as traveller declaration forms, depending on your destination and transit points. 

Please check with your airline well before you depart, to make sure you are meeting all requirements and have the correct documentation. 

For a list of helpful steps to take before travelling internationally, visit Fiji’s Travelling to Fiji webpage and Air New Zealand’s International Travel Requirements webpage. Air New Zealand’s page also includes a handy tool to let you easily research current travel requirements for your destination.

Arriving in New Zealand

New Zealand citizens and residence class visa holders (including Australian citizens normally resident in New Zealand) are allowed to enter the country regardless of vaccination status. Travellers from other countries will require proof of vaccination.

Travellers will still need to complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration, unless you are transiting through the country.

A pre-departure test will no longer be required from 11.59pm on June 20, however tests are still required to be taken on days zero and six.

Upon arrival you will be given three rapid antigen tests; these are for day one and day five/six testing, plus an extra one as backup. If either of these tests are positive, you are required to get a PCR test to enable genome tracing.

Further information

We will keep this page up to date as the situation progresses.

For more information visit the Covid-19 website.