Foreign travel advice

New Zealand

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).

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

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:

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.