• The lockdown in NSW has been extended until 11:59pm on Friday 16 July.
• The current pause on QFT travel from NSW to New Zealand remains in place.
• QFT from Queensland to New Zealand remains paused and is under continuous review.
• Green flights from NSW and QLD can commence from 11:59pm, Friday 9 July
Q: Who is eligible for travel to NZ on return green flights?
• New Zealand citizens and holders of New Zealand residence class visas;
• Citizens of Australia or persons who hold current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand on or after 5 April 2021
• Holders of temporary visas who last departed New Zealand on or after 5 April 2021
• Spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children, or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories.
Q: I’m a NZ citizen, but living in Australia. Can I still fly home on return green flights?
Yes. New Zealand Citizens are welcome home at any time.
Q: What are the requirements prior to boarding a ‘return green flight’?
Travellers wanting to return to New Zealand on a return green flight must:
• present acceptable documentation of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or RT-PCT pre-departure test within 72 hours of scheduled ‘green flight’ departure or received required certification from a medical practitioner.
• meet all the standard public health requirements which include making a declaration that they have not been in a location of interest in the past 14 days, are not symptomatic, are not a close contact (anyone who was at a location of interest at the same time as a person with COVID-19 is considered a contact) and are not awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Upon return to New Zealand travellers are asked to monitor closely for any COVID19 symptoms for seven days after arrival in New Zealand and will be reminded to diligently keep contact tracing records using the COVID Tracer App or another form of diary.
Q: Do ‘return green flight’ returnees need to go into MIQ?
No, you do not need to go into managed isolation when you arrive in New Zealand.
Q: How long will ‘green flights’ continue for?
When the travel pause is lifted for selected states and territories, return ‘green flights’ will end.
Q: What’s the process for ‘green flights’ at NZ airports?
Return flights would operate through the green zone, with passengers being processed at the airport at the same time as other travellers.
Q: Who pays for the cost of ‘green flights’?
Travellers must pay for their own ‘green flights’ and pre-departure tests.
Q: What happens if I travel without the correct documentation?
If you cannot provide the appropriate documentation, you may be denied boarding. Travellers entering New Zealand, may also need to present documentation to a Customs Officer. Travellers that do not have the appropriate documentation or have provided misleading information, may be asked to go into Managed Isolation. All travellers arriving in New Zealand without evidence of a negative approved test may be transferred to a Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility for 14 days.
Quarantine-Free Travel to resume with WA and NT
Q: What is happening?
On Friday 9 July at 11:59pm Quarantine-Free Travel for people from Western Australia and Northern Territory will resume. QFT flights have already resumed with Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart (and transit from ACT) on Sunday 4 July at 11:59pm.
Q: Why is this happening?
Health advice indicates the spread of COVID-19 cases in those states has been contained at this point. Robust surveillance, testing and contact tracing is in place to detect and manage cases, and adequate border controls help to prevent the spread of new cases. All passengers must present evidence of a negative pre-departure test, taken within 72 hours, prior to boarding.
Q: How will this work?
At this time, all travellers eligible to fly to New Zealand from Australia are required to have a pre-departure test within 72 hours of departure. To be eligible to fly, travellers must:
• provide a negative pre-departure test. A PCR or RT-PCR COVID-19 is the only type of test accepted. Pre-departure testing and result certificates required for travel clearance are provided by pathology clinics.
• confirm they have not been in New South Wales or Queensland on or after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June.
• additionally, travellers must wear face coverings on the aircraft and at the airport.
Q: Can I transit through Queensland or NSW?
Travellers are not permitted to transit via NSW or QLD by air or land.
Q: Why do I have to get a PDT?
Pre-departure testing is an additional measure to further reduce the risk of new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, in line with our elimination strategy. It is complementary to existing testing requirements. It is also one of the ways we are reducing the risk of infection from people travelling on international flights. Pre-departure testing is already a requirement for those travelling to NZ from high-risk countries and we introduced it for Victoria during the state’s recent quarantine-free pause.
Q: Will everyone be checked for their test before they board their flight?
This is a high-trust model relying on travellers being to do the right thing. Passengers must keep evidence of a negative PDT on them as it can be checked at any time during their journey, including when people land in NZ. Failure to produce evidence could result in denied boarding or penalties on arrival in NZ.
Q: What kind of evidence do people need to have?
Testing labs must be able to issue a dated report for passengers to present. It should include:
• traveller’s name
• traveller’s date of birth and/or passport number
• date and time the test was conducted
• name of testing lab
• test type
• test result Either a hard copy or an electronic copy (email/text message) of your negative test result, or a Fit to Fly Certificate, will be accepted. A text message will be accepted only if it includes an image of the laboratory result form. Passengers also to have completed a Nau Mai Rā contact information from and a health declaration.
Q: What will happen if I don’t have a PDT?
It means you won’t meet the entry requirements so you will either be prevented boarding your flight or if you do land in NZ with our evidence of a test, you will be required to stay in Managed Isolation and Quarantine for two weeks.
Q: What are the exemptions from needing to provide a pre-departure test:
• children under two-years-old
• people who have been in Australia for less than 72 hours
• people who are travelling to New Zealand for less than three days.
People who are exempt from providing a pre-departure test must monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you start to feel unwell, isolate immediately and get a test. If you cannot take a test due to medical reasons, you will need to get a medical certificate from a medical practitioner within 72 hours of your departure. The reason PDT is not required for people who have been in Australia for less than 72 hours because it’s unlikely a traveller could become infectious and return a positive result in this period.
Q: I’ve had one or more shots of a Covid vaccine, do I still need to get a PDT?
You must get a PDT regardless of your vaccination status.
Q: What is the advice for New Zealanders stuck in Australia?
Travellers currently in any state or territory in Australia cannot travel to New Zealand while there is a pause on Quarantine-Free Travel. New Zealanders in Australia should follow the public heath advice of specific state they are in:
• Regularly check the states’ health advice and their locations of interest lists;
• Register for SafeTravel on www.safetravel.govt.nz to receive the latest official advice if the situation changes.
Anyone who has been at a location of interest anywhere in Australia at the times specified:
• MUST NOT travel to New Zealand within 14 days from when you were at the location of interest.
• isolate and follow the health advice of the state government in Australia. use the local COVID tracer app for the region they are visiting to get local information and advice