Return to NZ during the Covid-19 Pandemic


    New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    You still have a legal right to come home if you’re a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions and Discover Travel has been helping a number of Kiwis and NZ residents purchase reasonably priced tickets home over the last 6 months. There are now regular scheduled flights with Emirates, Singapore Airlines & Qatar Airlines amongst others, including a direct flight from Singapore that arrives into Christchurch at Monday lunchtime.

    There are a small number of limited exceptions to closure of New Zealand’s borders for people who aren’t citizens or residents.

    All arrivals into New Zealand must: complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine, and test negative for COVID-19 before they can enter the community. When you arrive in New Zealand you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. If you don’t have symptoms you will isolate at a managed isolation facility. If you have symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you will isolate in a quarantine facility or separate area. Both types of facilities are located within hotels. You will be tested for COVID-19 around days 3 and 12 of your isolation. You must test negative for COVID-19 before you can leave isolation.

    If you are a NZ citizen or resident you will be liable for a charge if you are currently overseas and return to NZ for a period of less than 90 days; or you leave NZ after the regulations came into effect (12.01am on 11 August 2020) and return at a later date. All the information about Managed Isolation and Quarantine on arrival into NZ can be found here, including details of the charges.