Avoid All Non-Essential Travel Overseas

The New Zealand government advises all New Zealanders to avoid all non-essential travel overseas due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions.

Countries around the world are imposing strict travel restrictions. This is leading to a reduction in passenger numbers and many air routes will not remain commercially viable for long. The options for New Zealanders to get home are reducing dramatically. We are therefore urging New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider returning home as soon as possible. Travelling New Zealanders should work with their travel agents and airlines to discuss options for returning home.

Higher Risk Destinations

The government advises that New Zealanders do not travel to some locations, including China and Iran due to COVID-19.

New Zealanders in these areas should be aware of the limits on consular assistance that can be provided. The New Zealand government may not be able to assist you if you are detained, injured or otherwise prevented from leaving these areas. The New Zealand Government will not assist with facilitating travel to these areas and you should not expect that the New Zealand Government will facilitate your departure.

Going on a Cruise?

New Zealanders, particularly those with underlying health concerns, should reconsider taking an overseas cruise at this time due to COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on board cruises due to the close contact between passengers. Some cruise ships have been put into quarantine and denied entry to ports, which can have significant consequences for travellers. If in doubt, consult a medical professional before travelling.

Border Restrictions

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, see the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. 

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not provide immigration advice for entry to other countries and territories.  The border authorities of the country or territory you are travelling to determine your eligibility for entry.

For further information, please see SafeTravel.