Travel restriction to New Zealand for Australian citizens and permanent residents lifted

The Australian Government has lifted the travel restriction on Australian citizens and permanent residents travelling to New Zealand.

The Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer/Director of Human Biosecurity has determined that persons travelling from and to New Zealand do not constitute a significant threat to the entry and spread of COVID-19.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are no longer required to apply for a travel exemption to depart Australia if they are travelling to New Zealand and meet the below criteria:

All travellers must:

  • Be present in Australia for at least 14 days immediately before the flight or voyage of the outgoing aircraft or vessel commences travel to New Zealand and;
  • Must travel directly to New Zealand.

These changes are in effect as of 22 March 2021.

At this stage, no information is available regarding New Zealander’s entering Australia other than the current exemptions that are in place.

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