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What to know about travel to the UK from New Zealand during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for New Zealanders travelling to the United Kingdom.
If you're still committed to travelling to the UK, we've outlined all the need-to-know information, from quarantine rules to internal travel restrictions to make your trip from New Zealand as smooth as possible.
Can I travel from New Zealand to United Kingdom?Anyone from New Zealand can travel into the UK so long as they haven't been to or through a country on the declared banned list (also known as the "red list") in the past 10 days, and does the following:
- Takes a COVID-19 test 3 days before your departure and present a negative result.
- Goes into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the UK. This can be at a residence of your choosing, unless you've been to a country on the declared banned list in which case you'll be sent to a managed quarantine hotel. This will be at your own expense.
- Takes two COVID-19 tests after you arrive in the UK. These must be organised by yourself prior to arrival and are to be taken on days 2 and 8 of your stay.
The only other exception for travel from New Zealand is if you are British, Irish or have the right to live in the UK.
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When can I travel to United Kingdom? When will the United Kingdom borders open?While you can technically travel to the UK, borders are closed for quarantine-free travel to Kiwi leisure travellers and there is no set border reopening date.
UK citizens, residents and international travellers with essential reasons can still go from New Zealand to the UK. However, they all need to present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival from New Zealand.
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Are there any exemptions for travelling to United Kingdom?
If you're New Zealander as well as a resident or citizen of United Kingdom, you can travel home, but it may be difficult to find available (and affordable) flights. There are a few exemptions that will let you travel from New Zealand to United Kingdom but you must get permission from the government.
Can I travel to United Kingdom if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?
Yes, if you're New Zealander and a permanent resident or citizen of United Kingdom, you are allowed to return to your home.
Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from New Zealand will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.
What are the entry requirements for United Kingdom coming from New Zealand?
Do I need a permit to enter United Kingdom?All travellers from New Zealand to the UK must complete a passenger locator form and submit it at least 48 hours prior to arrival. New Zealanders do not have to complete this form if you are arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man or if your job means that you are exempt.
You can complete the passenger locator form here.
On top of the permit, Kiwis need to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure from United Kingdom to the UK in order to be allowed in.
Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?No, a COVID-19 vaccine or a "vaccine passport" is not required for travellers from New Zealand to enter the UK.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for United Kingdom?To enter the UK from New Zealand you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure for the UK.
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