Foreign travel advice

New Zealand

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.


Coronavirus: stay up to date

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in New Zealand. See information on measures introduced in New Zealand to limit the spread of the virus. Find out how to return to the UK from New Zealand.

See coronavirus travel advice for guidance on international travel.

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We encourage British Nationals in New Zealand to register their details with the British High Commission. In completing this form, you will receive regular information about the situation in New Zealand throughout the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, including if any further flights come available.

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Zealand. The New Zealand Government has announced temporary restrictions on travellers in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). See Coronavirus

As of 11.59pm local time on 19 March 2020, most foreign travellers can no longer enter New Zealand. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions, and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian, and dependent children under the age of 24) travelling with the New Zealand citizen can still come to New Zealand.

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.

You don’t need a visa to enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months, but you will need to get a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel. The New Zealand Government has though introduced a temporary border closure at this time. See Visas

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

On 16 March 2020, the Cook Islands introduced a requirement for any national wishing to enter the Cook Islands to self-isolate for 14 days in New Zealand prior to travel to the Cook Islands. The measure is currently due to remain in place until 18 April 2020.

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.