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What to know about travelling from New Zealand to Australia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for New Zealanders travelling to Australia.

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New Zealanders are able to freely travel between New Zealand and Australia.

In this guide you will find answers to Australian entry points, travel restrictions and permit requirements when leaving New Zealand.

Can I travel from New Zealand to Australia?

Yes, New Zealanders can freely travel across the Tasman without needing to quarantine upon arrival in Australia or when they return to New Zealand.

Latest information for Australia

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Which entry points in Australia are open to travellers from New Zealand?

Australia has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from New Zealand:
  • Open Borders: All Australian states and territories
  • Open Airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hobart

As a traveller from New Zealand, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Australia?

Yes, people from New Zealand can travel to any areas in Australia that aren't restricted to visitors. In certain states and territories, restricted areas may include Indigenous and remote communities as well as areas that are currently locked down.
    For smooth travel, it's advised you avoid any hotspots as this may restrict your movement further around Australia or on your return home.
      You can keep up-to-date with the latest domestic travel restrictions here.

      What's open in Australia?

      From the architectural icons of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney and Story Bridge in Brisbane to natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, Australia's major attractions have reopened for visitors.

      Major tourist attractions that are open:

      • Sydney Opera House
      • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
      • Story Bridge Climb
      • Snorkelling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef
      • Walks around Uluru
      • Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles
      • Bondi Beach
      • Kakadu National Park
      • Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsundays

      Capacity restrictions may be in place when you arrive and pre-booking may be required to limit gathering numbers. Check with your experience before you arrive in case it's not taking walk-ins.

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      • Walking trails and parks: Walking trails, national parks and beaches in Australia are open for locals and tourists. This includes hiking trails around Uluru, the Blue Mountains and Bondi Beach.
      • Shopping centres and stores: All shopping centres, supermarkets and standalone stores are permitted to open across Australia.
          Depending on the store and which state or territory you're visiting, there may be gathering limits and mask rules in place.
            Check with the shop before you arrive so you're prepared.
          • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Dining venues across the nation have reopened. Capacity limits and group number limits vary by state and territory, so it's a good idea to check the latest domestic restrictions before you arrive as you may need to pre-book or split up your group.
              Some states and territories also require you to check-in to restaurants, cafes and bars through a COVID-19 tracing app. Posters will be on display with QR codes for you to scan before you enter.
                You don't have to download the app before you arrive, but it does make the check-in process faster.

              Can I cruise to or around Australia?

              No, there is a ban on international cruising to Australia and all ports are closed for leisure travel - this includes people from New Zealand for the time being.

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              What are the entry requirements for Australia coming from New Zealand?

              Do I need a permit to enter Australia?

              No, Kiwis only need to submit an Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before leaving New Zealand. The form only requires New Zealander travellers to provide:

              • Passport information
              • Trip itinerary
              • Destinations details
              • Contact information
              Standard visa requirements for New Zealanders still apply.

              Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

              You do not need proof of vaccination to travel from New Zealand to Australia. However, if you're New Zealander and have been vaccinated, you should carry your vaccination certificate with you while travelling.

              Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Australia?

              Most people travelling to or through Australia from New Zealand, including citizens and permanent residents, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure to Australia.

              The following people do not have to undergo pre-departure testing:
              • Children four years old or younger
              • People with a relevant medical condition
              • International aircrew
              • Travellers entering from a Green Safe Travel Zone
              • Travellers arriving from a country where there is no PCR testing available

              Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Australia?

              No, you do not need to quarantine when arriving in Australia from New Zealand.

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