5 things you must do before you travel to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel is now possible between Australia and NZ. But New Zealand travel is not quite as simple as it was before the pandemic.

If you do have plans to travel to New Zealand, you will need to complete at least two online declarations before you travel.

Here’s what you need to know to travel to New Zealand with links to all the forms you will need to fill in.

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1. Register your arrival dates with New Zealand

Before you can check-in for your flight to New Zealand you must register the details of your trip with the New Zealand government.

The online form takes a few minutes to complete on the New Zealand Government website. You will need to enter your flight number, your passport information, your email address and your emergency contact.

Once that form is complete you will receive an email to present to the airline which will then allow you to check-in for your quarantine-free flight.

That email will contain your quarantine-free travel code. Do not lose it.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen you will also need to apply for an NZeTA visa waiver to enter New Zealand.

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2. Download the NZ COVID tracer app

All Australians travelling to New Zealand must download the NZ COVID tracer app. 

You can download the iPhone version here. And the Android version here.

Everywhere you go in New Zealand, you will need to use this app to check-in.

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3. Complete the Australian Government paperwork

Australians travelling on a quarantine-free flight to New Zealand must complete an international travel declaration for the Australian government.

This form registers your journey with the Australian Government for contact tracing and confirms that you will not need to quarantine on arrival when you return to Australia.

You can complete the declaration online within six days of departure. It should be finalised no less than 72 hours before your flight.

To complete this form you will need your passport and your travel details. Once it is complete you will receive a confirmation email which you will need to show at the check-in desk before you board your flight. You may also need to show the email when you arrive back home in Australia.

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4. Check the Australian border rules

In addition to completing all the international travel declaration forms, you may also need to apply for a state border pass within Australia.

These forms register your plans to leave or return to your Australian home state. If you need to transit through another state, you’re going to need to fill in that state’s form too.

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5. Check your passport

It’s been a year since you used your passport, maybe more. You should check the expiry date. 

The passport must be valid. Generally, that means you should have at least 6 months left on your passport.

NZ does allow Australians to travel with just one month, but our advice is to ensure you have more time. You never know whether you could get stuck.

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