Travelling from New Zealand to Australia
Important Notice: From midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022, people travelling to Australia will no longer need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration. All visa holders will be able to travel to Australia on/after this date, regardless of their vaccination status, and without the requirement to apply for a travel exemption. Passengers travelling to Australia will no longer be required to provide evidence of vaccination.
Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for the most up to date information: COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
If you are travelling to Australia BEFORE midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022, the below requirements will still apply.
If you are travelling to Australia, remember to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration before you go.
To travel from New Zealand to Australia (including those transiting through New Zealand to Australia), travellers must first meet Australia’s entry requirements, before considering the relevant State and Territory requirements.
From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated in accordance with Australia’s international border entry requirements will be able to arrive in Australia without needing an approved travel exemption.
Subject to the requirements of the relevant state or territory of arrival, all ‘fully vaccinated’ visa holders can travel to Australia without being included in international passenger caps.
These provisions also apply to temporary visa holders who:
are under the age of 12 years and 3 months at the time of departure for international travel to Australia (whether vaccinated or not), or
are under the age of 18 years at the time of departure for international travel to Australia, when the child is travelling with at least one adult who meets the definition of fully vaccinated, or
cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons --- that is, vaccination is contraindicated (with acceptable evidence and subject to state and territory requirements).
Australia considers people to be fully vaccinated for international travel purposes if they have completed a primary course, including mixed doses, of Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccines. All inbound travellers must declare their vaccination status to enter Australia and provide appropriate proof.
A checklist for travellers preparing to travel to Australia from overseas can be found here: Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au). This checklist includes Commonwealth requirements to:
Have proof of vaccination or a medical certificate stating you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition.
If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition, please carefully consider the information available on the Department of Health website. It includes information on conditions not considered to be a contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination and not accepted for the purpose of a medical exemption to vaccination for travel to Australia. Evidence of your medical condition and inability to be vaccinated must be provided to your airline as well as Commonwealth border officials (via the Digital Passenger Declaration); please also refer to your airline’s website for their requirements relating to medically exempt travel.
Complete a Digital Passenger Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight.
More information on entering Australia, and the State and Territory requirements for entry can be found at www.australia.gov.au. As requirements for entry change frequently, we encourage all travellers to check Commonwealth and State and Territory requirements regularly.
If an unvaccinated temporary visa holder has a compelling need to travel to Australia, an individual travel exemption can be requested through the Department of Home Affairs’ Travel Exemption Portal. This advice includes immediate family members of Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia who do not meet vaccination requirements, who must provide proof of relationship before travel by submitting an exemption request through the Travel Exemption Portal.
Australian’s who are seeking consular advice should contact the Australian High Commission
For advice on restrictions to enter Australia, and also restrictions once in Australia, please visit www.australia.gov.au which includes links to all relevant State and Territory websites.
The Australian High Commission is unable to provide advice on New Zealand border entry requirements. Information can be found via the websites below.
This situation in New Zealand can change at short notice, please make sure you check the above websites for updates regularly.