Key updates to border restrictions

Currently, persons travelling from India, including New Zealand citizens, are not permitted to enter New Zealand.

Today, New Zealand designated India, Brazil, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea as “very high risk countries.” This designation relates to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in these countries.

From 11.59pm on 28 April 2021, further restrictions will come into effect for those travelling to New Zealand from very high risk countries. This means that from 11.59pm on 28 April 2021, the only people who will be permitted to travel to New Zealand from very high risk countries are:

  • New Zealand citizens;
  • Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens; and
  • Parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens.

A consequence of the restriction is that from 11.59pm on 28 April 2021, New Zealand residents and other visa holders will not be permitted to travel to New Zealand from India, Brazil, Pakistan or Papua New Guinea. Non-New Zealand citizens will need to spend at least 14 days outside of a very high risk country before being permitted to travel to New Zealand.

All other standard pre-departure testing, quarantine and visa requirements remain in place.