Foreign travel advice

New Zealand

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

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

From 4 July, New Zealand is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals
  • The New Zealand government is bringing forward legislation to introduce charges for managed isolation for certain arrivals

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:

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 FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

If you require 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’t 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.