COVID-19 tests when visiting New Zealand from England

Find out what tests you'll need to arrange before you depart.

New Zealand is not on the UK government red list, and comes under "Rest of world". If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-departure test to re-enter England (excludes children aged 18 and under), pre-book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests for after your return, and can additionally choose to take a day 5 "Test to release", which, if negative, will mean you can end your self-isolation at that point (you will still need to take the day 8 test, however). If you have been fully vaccinated*, you must simply arrange a day 2 test for after your return from New Zealand (these must be booked and paid for before you arrive in the UK)

Before you go, check the entry requirements for getting into New Zealand.

We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm Beijing or Covaxin vaccines from a relevant public health body in other countries.
Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from non-red-list countries such as New Zealand.

COVID-19 statistics in New Zealand vs UK

Travelling to New Zealand’s soaring mountains, picturesque fjords and pristine lakes is on many Brits bucket lists.

Major tourist attractions:

    • Napier In Hawke’s Bay
    • Bay of Islands
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
    • Sky Tower
    • Coromandel Peninsula
    • Hobbiton Movie Set

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Walking trails, parks and beaches:

      • Pacific Ring of Fire
      • Abel Tasman National Park
      • Fiordland National Park
      • Tongariro National Park,
      • Mount Maunganui

Shopping centres and stores:

    • The Crossing, Christchurch
    • Bay Plaza, Hastings
    • Westgate Lifestyle, Westgate
    • Waipapa Shopping Centre, Waipapa
    • The Tannery, Woolston

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