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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and Australia, and between New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

You can travel between Australia and New Zealand, or the Cook Islands and New Zealand, without having to enter a managed isolation facility in either location.

Detailed information about quarantine-free travel is available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website, here.

All other normal entry requirements, for example immigration and biosecurity, apply.

The SafeTravel advice level for Australia and the Cook Islands has been lowered to  Exercise increased caution (level 2 of 4). The global do not travel advisory remains in place for all other destinations except Australia and the Cook Islands.

Travellers should read our full travel advisory for Australia here and the Cook Islands here.

Different destinations, including specific Australian states can have different requirements and rules for travellers related to COVID-19. Travellers should check the conditions and any requirements in each state they intend to travel to before travelling.

If community cases occur in New Zealand, Australia, or the Cook Islands, the Government could pause quarantine-free travel for a time to assess the risk or it could suspend travel for a longer period of time. It will be travellers’ responsibility to manage any COVID-19 related travel disruption and to meet any associated financial costs.

Read more about how a COVID-19 case during quarantine-free travel would be managed on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

Travellers should have a plan for what to do if their return to New Zealand is delayed. They may need to stay in Australia or the Cook Islands for longer than they planned, and will need to meet any costs for this. Government assistance is unlikely to be available.

Travellers should continue to monitor local news sources and the Unite Against Covid-19 website in case any changes in quarantine-free travel arrangements occur.

When travellers return to New Zealand they must answer questions about their health at departure — travellers will not be able to travel if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

If travellers have any pre-existing condition that explains any symptoms they may have (for example hayfever), they must bring evidence of this to avoid being denied boarding. This evidence must be a medical certificate.

Before they travel, travellers should register their details with SafeTravel so that they can receive up to date travel advice. It is also important that travellers get travel insurance and check their policy carefully. Read more information about travel insurance here.

Information about consular support available to New Zealanders overseas can be found here.

Further detailed information about quarantine-free travel can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19  website.

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