Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
While New Zealand COVID-19 Level 1 restrictions are in place, the Australian High Commission in Wellington and Australian Consulate in Auckland are able to provide appointments as normal. Additional procedures have been put in place for visitors to enable contact tracing and maintain hygiene standards.
Trans-Tasman Safe Travel Zone
From Friday, 16 October 2020, you can travel from New Zealand to Australia, quarantine-free, if:
- you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated hotspot, and
- you are travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.
You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia 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.
A quarantine-free flight only carries passengers who have declared they have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and have not been in a COVID hotspot in New Zealand in the last 14 days before travel. Quarantine-free flights will be determined by your airline. You should not travel if you are feeling unwell or have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
More information can be found on the Home Affairs website.
The Australian Government advises all Australians in New Zealand wanting to return home to do so as soon as possible by commercial means. For those Australians who cannot depart or do not wish to leave New Zealand, you are advised to follow the advice of the New Zealand authorities.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in both Australia and New Zealand please see the sources below:
Australian’s who are seeking consular advice should contact the Australian High Commission
For advice on restrictions within Australia, please see the relevant State or Territory links below.
This situation in New Zealand can change at short notice, please make sure you check the above websites for updates regularly.