Quarantine-free travel (QFT) between Australia and New Zealand will commence from Sunday 18 April 2021 at 11:59pm NZT and will allow us to reunite with friends and family. But there are some differences from pre-COVID-19 travel that you need to be aware of.
Eligibility to travel
To be eligible to travel from Australia to New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight you must first meet the following eligibility criteria:
- you need to have been in Australia for 14 days prior to travel;
- during the 14 days before travel, you must not have had a positive COVID-19 test; and
- you must not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test that was undergone during the 14-day period;
- you must complete a pre-departure health declaration, and will not be able to board your flight if presenting with cold or flu symptoms.
- all travellers must meet New Zealand immigration requirements as per their travel itineraries.
To travel from New Zealand to Australia on a quarantine-free flight, you must meet the criteria set by the Australian Government.
- It is your responsibility to check the eligibility criteria for entering Australia.
- You will also need to check that the state or territory you want to land in, or travel onwards to, is accepting quarantine-free flights from New Zealand. For more information visit:
Travelling from Australia to New Zealand
Before you travel to New Zealand, you will need to complete an online travel declaration. This declaration is being finalised and will be available from 14 April on the Unite Against COVID-19 website (UAC).
While you’re in Aotearoa New Zealand there are a few things you need to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19:
- On arrival, download the NZ COVID Tracer app onto your phone from the App Store or Google Play. For more information and links to download the app, visit: NZ COVID Tracer app
- The NZ COVID Tracer app helps you keep track of where you’ve been by scanning the QR codes at businesses, services and events all across New Zealand. Using the app will help contact tracing go faster should a case of COVID-19 be detected, and help stop the virus from spreading.
- As well as scanning QR codes, go into the NZ COVID Tracer app settings to turn on Bluetooth tracing. This keeps anonymous logs of phones you have been near and will alert you if you have been close to a positive COVID-19 case.
- If you don’t have a smartphone, use the NZ COVID Tracer booklet, a paper record or photo diary of all the places you go. The booklet will be available as you enter the airport.
- If you feel unwell at any time, isolate in your accommodation and call Healthline for advice. The Healthline number is 0800 611 116.
- The UAC website has all of the New Zealand COVID-19 information. Please check it and our social media channels regularly for any updates or changes to quarantine-free travel.
- Unless exempt, please wear a face covering on international and domestic flights, at your international arrival airport and on all public transport throughout New Zealand.
- Practise good hygiene.
Travelling from New Zealand to Australia
Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT), also known as the New Zealand safe travel zone in Australia, allows for travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days to travel by air to most sates in Australia.
Currently, Western Australia is not participating in quarantine-free travel with New Zealand. If you travel directly to Western Australia from New Zealand, you will have to enter 14 days of managed isolation and will need to cover the costs of this.
All travellers should check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and place of final destination as managed isolation requirements may apply.
Before you travel to Australia, you need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia.
Upon arrival in Australia there are a few things you will need to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19:
- Register at SafeTravel to get the latest travel advice for Australia.
- Check the COVID-19 website for the state or territory you are visiting, ensuring you adhere to the requirements for your destination.
- To keep up to date on any changes in COVID-19 cases by checking the state and territory websites regularly.
- For more information and advice for travelling in and out of Australia, please visit:
What to expect on your journey
- Travellers who decide to fly to New Zealand or Australia will need to make a booking on a quarantine-free green zone flight.
- Green zone flights are flights with passengers who have not travelled outside of Australia or New Zealand in the last 14 days.
- Travellers will need to complete a pre-departure health declaration and won’t be able to travel if they have cold or flu symptoms.
- Passengers will be required to wear a face covering or mask on their flights and will also be asked to download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app for use in New Zealand or the COVID Tracer app for the state of Australia where they plan to travel.
- On arrival, passengers will be taken through a green zone at the airport which is an area separate from other arriving passengers from other parts of the world who will be required to go into quarantine.
- Airport personnel will be undertaking random temperature checks of those arriving as an added precaution.
Know what to do in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence
- Travellers are advised that a resurgence of COVID-19 could change the conditions you are travelling under. This could mean your return travel is delayed and you may be asked to:
- By undertaking travel at this time, you are accepting that it will be your responsibility to manage any COVID-19-related travel disruption and associated costs. Please check the terms and conditions of your tickets and travel insurance.
- You will also notice some extra precautions at the New Zealand border. Please cooperate with staff requests.
- Unite Against COVID-19 website:
- Digital collateral including posters, social media tiles, digital banners as well support documents like QFT FAQs and the QFT management guide:
- The Business Toolkit which has a range of digital resources including posters for businesses and organisations, social media tiles and posters in other languages supporting QR code scanning, the use of face coverings and practising good hygiene.
- The Bluestar online platform provides a wide range of printed collateral which can be ordered for direct delivery.
- Unite Against COVID-19 travel A6 pamphlet (provided to passengers upon arrival in New Zealand and available via the Bluestar online platform).