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What you need to know before travelling to the USA 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 United States of America.

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With 50 states spanning from sunny California to inspired New York, New Zealanders can find the perfect holiday effortlessly in the US.

Keep reading to find out exactly who can enter the US from New Zealand, what’s open in the US as well as permit, testing and quarantine requirements.

Can I travel from New Zealand to United States?

Permanent residents and citizens of the US are able to return home from New Zealand. Otherwise, New Zealanders travelling to the US after being in Australia, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada are able to head to the US without the need for a special permission when travelling via air (current visa and ESTA visa waivers still apply).

If you’re New Zealander, but have been outside of the above countries, you may still qualify for an exemption to enter the country.

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

United States has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from New Zealand:
  • Open Borders: None

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

Yes, once in United States, New Zealanders are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in United States?

Slowly but surely, tourist attractions are opening up for New Zealander travellers to visit.


Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • The Statue of Liberty: Open, booking in advance is recommended
  • Grand Canyon: Open
  • Walt Disney World Resort: Open, booking in advance is recommended
  • Yosemite National Park: Open
  • Empire State Building: Open
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Open
  • Universal Orlando Resort: Open, booking in advance is recommended
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  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: National parks and walking trails are opening up for New Zealander tourists to visit, including Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Glacier National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Beaches are open for tourists from New Zealand and locals alike to visit
  • Shopping centres and stores: Visitors from New Zealand can enjoy a plethora of shopping destinations open for business across the country. Masks are required in selected shops but New Zealanders are advised to wear them when out in public at all times.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Restaurants and cafes are open for New Zealander visitors to enjoy. With limited spaces and updated floor plans due to COVID-19, we recommend Kiwis travellers book a table in advance to ensure a spot is secured.

Can I cruise to or around United States?

At this point in time, New Zealanders aren’t able to cruise to the US .
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What are the entry requirements for United States coming from New Zealand?

Do I need a permit to enter United States?

No, travellers from New Zealand do not require a COVID-specific permit but standard visa requirements do apply.

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

No, travellers from New Zealand do not require a COVID-19 vaccination for entry.

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

All New Zealander travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within three days of arrival, or proof that you overcame the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines will ask all passengers from New Zealand to present this information before boarding.

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