COVID-19: Testing for travellers

Testing and travel advice

Read more about testing requirements and travel advice if you are travelling domestically in New Zealand or internationally.

Domestic travel

In order to travel inside New Zealand there is no requirement for testing or vaccination. Face masks are no longer required but are still recommended due to being in a confined space.

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International travel

If you are travelling to New Zealand

Vaccination requirements for passengers and air crew arriving into New Zealand have ended. People arriving into the country will be provided with free RATs for ongoing COVID-19 testing. You are encouraged to test when you arrive and on day 5 or 6. 

From Thursday 20 October 2022, you no longer need to complete the online New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD).

Note that if you 
test positive for COVID-19 while visiting Aotearoa New Zealand, you will need to:

  • isolate for 7 days – you should have a plan for this
  • find your own accommodation and pay for it
  • pay for any healthcare costs.

Follow the isolation advice on the COVID-19 Health Hub. You can't leave isolation early to travel home, or to another destination. Read more about self-isolation for travellers.

If you are travelling to another country from New Zealand

Check the requirements of the country you are travelling to, and any transit locations to learn about their entry and exit requirements. If you are unsure, contact your airline or travel agent or their local high commission, embassy or consulate in New Zealand.

Read more about pre-departure tests if you are leaving Aotearoa NZ.

Where can I get a rapid antigen test (RAT) before I travel?

In Aotearoa NZ, pre-departure rapid testing is available through some pharmacies. Not all pharmacies will be offering this service. For a list of participating pharmacies, see HealthPoint.

How is a supervised RAT test done?

A supervised RAT test means that you will need to visit a pharmacy and the test will be done by a pharmacy staff member.

The test uses a front of nose nasal swab to collect the sample for the test. Read more about rapid antigen tests. 

If you are travelling internationally, you may need to pay. 

Can I get a supervised PCR test instead of a rapid antigen test?

In New Zealand, travellers are still able to use a negative PCR test to meet any travel requirements, but it will take longer to receive your results. Also, using the alternative rapid antigen test will allow our laboratories to focus on processing PCR tests. 


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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team.