Foreign travel advice

New Zealand

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Summary

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay up to date

If you require urgent consular assistance, 24/7 support is available by telephone on +64 (0) 4 924 2888.

If you’re visiting New Zealand and need to return to the UK see Return to the UK

If you’re visiting New Zealand and are unable to return to the UK, see Staying during coronavirus

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals. See Entry requirements

The Cook Islands requires anyone wishing to enter the Cook Islands to self-isolate for 14 days in New Zealand before travelling. See Onward travel to the Cook Islands

Notwithstanding the current temporary border closure announced by the New Zealand Government, 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’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

There’s no British representation on the Cook Islands, or the islands of Niue or Tokelau. You should contact the New Zealand High Commission if you need consular assistance on the Cook Islands or Niue. If you need consular assistance on Tokelau, contact the British High Commission in Wellington

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in New Zealand, including manual labour if you’re backpacking; and adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.