Important COVID-19 Travel
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.
This travel advice page covers New Zealand. For the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue, see our new travel advice page for Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
If you are arriving in the UK from New Zealand on or after 4am on 18 January you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Travel is subject to entry restrictions
- Entry to New Zealand is restricted: the border is currently closed to almost all arrivals
From 25 January 2021, travellers to New Zealand are required to have confirmation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the 72 hours prior to departure. Limited exemptions apply (more details in Entry Rules in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) below)
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
- provide evidence of a negative test result no more than 72 hours prior to departure to England. The Devolved Administrations are expected to introduce similar measures, timing to be confirmed.
You will still be required to:
- provide your journey and contact details before you travel
If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to New Zealand, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
If you need urgent consular assistance, 24/7 support is available by telephone on +64 (0) 4 924 2888.
Around 200,000 British nationals visit New Zealand every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re visiting remote areas of New Zealand, make sure your journey details are known to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out. Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous, especially in winter. See Local travel
Terrorist attacks in New Zealand can not be ruled out. See Terrorism
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.