If you are planning on moving to Australia from New Zealand please keep an eye on the travel restrictions between NZ and Australia. Travel status can change at any time.
Important information for travel to Australia
Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
Immediate family members of Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia who do not hold an eligible visa must provide proof of relationship before travel by submitting an exemption request through the Travel Exemption Portal.
All other temporary visa holders seeking to travel to Australia must apply for a travel exemption.
Travel to New Zealand
New Zealand’s phased border reopening will be delayed to the end of February 2022. Until then, travellers from Australia will need to book a place in managed isolation (MIQ) to travel to New Zealand.
These changes will help keep Omicron out of our community. By delaying our border opening to the end of February, more New Zealanders will become eligible for a booster dose, and our tamariki (children) aged 5 to 11 years old will have started to get vaccinated.
We will update this page when more information is available.
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With the constantly changing states of both the New Zealand and Australia borders you need to make sure you are eligible to travel before you book everything in.
Here are the links to check if you are wanting to travel between Australia and New Zealand:
One-way quarantine-free travel is available to New Zealand passport holders and eligible travellers from New Zealand travelling to participating Australian states and territories.
To be eligible, you must meet the requirements for Travelling from New Zealand to Australia quarantine-free.
If you meet the eligibility requirements you do not need to apply for a travel exemption.
You must meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs and biosecurity clearance.
Quarantine arrangements are managed by individual states and territories. All travellers are advised to check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and final destination before they travel.
To find out about quarantine arrangements check State and Territory Information for travellers.
Further travel advice is available at Smartraveller.
For more information, see the Australian Government’s Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers
Note: Any change in the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand could lead to pausing or suspending quarantine-free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for managing any disruption to your travel plans, including if your return to Australia is delayed.
You can participate in quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia if you meet the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible, you must:
You must also meet the health, immigration and other standard border clearance requirements in each country.
States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements. Before you travel, check quarantine arrangements with the relevant state or territory.
You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia from New Zealand quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If eligible, they will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival.
Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.
This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.
Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. This is set out in s137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Travel exemption requirements
You will only need to apply for a travel exemption before you travel to Australia if:
A list of New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak locations are available at Ministry of Health NZ. If you have been to any of these locations during the times specified, you will need to identify this on your Australia Travel Declaration (ATD).
If you arrive in Australia on a quarantine-free flight, you may be guided through a separate pathway for quarantine-free travellers. These arrangements are determined by the state/territory in which you arrive.
For further information for travellers arriving on quarantine-free flights is available at Department of Health.
You can see if you are eligible to enter Australia on the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia.
International travel has changed. There are extra steps to take before you fly to your destination and before your return journey. You can get prepared and find the updated requirements for your trip here: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/covid19-international-travel.
Air New Zealand has created a very useful tool for checking the travel requirements for your destination, transit points and return journey. Please check the travel regulations carefully before you travel to understand the visa, entry, testing and quarantine requirements for each person you are booking to fly.
The information reflects current requirements which may change at short notice and therefore the information contained is guidance only. You should independently check all relevant travel, health and entry requirements before you travel.
Visit their Travel Alerts page for travel updates and news about travel restrictions.
I completed the form using NZ as my depart point, Australia as my destination, nationality as NZ and residency as NZ and this is the information supplied:
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
Covid-19 test and vaccination requirements
Most travellers require a Covid-19 test or vaccination.
Health Form/App Requirements
There are no health form requirements for most travelers.
Some travelers will need to go under a quarantine.
Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry; details can be found at https://www.australia.gov.au/states.
Please check further requirements as they may apply.
The biggest vaccination campaign in history is well under way. Delivering billions of doses is one of the greatest logistical challenges ever undertaken.
Last updated 16 January 2022 (https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/covid-19-data-and-statistics/)
First dose administered
Second dose administered
Third dose administered
Eligible population with 1 dose
Eligible population with 2 doses
Booster doses administered
Last updated 14 January 2022 (https://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2021/coronavirus/vaccine-tracker/)
First dose administered
Second dose administered
Third dose administered as booster
Eligible population with 1 dose
One of the main problems facing New Zealanders traveling to Australia is getting hold of a RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests), so they can complete their 24 hour Covid-19 test and get out of quarantine. However, their have been major problems getting a hold of one.
Therefore I highly recommend you plan for this before you leave NZ and get it delivered to your quarantine location.
A new website is helping desperate people get their hands on rapid antigen tests (RATs) as demand for the DIY kits soars during the Omicron surge.
The website ‘Find a RAT’ launched on Monday the 3rd January and acts as a testing kit locator, helping people across the country find testing kits in their area. You can purchase a RAT online through Finder.com.au.
I will continue to search Australia and New Zealand news websites and keep the information on this page up to date.
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