With quarantine-free travel now possible between Australia and New Zealand, business trips are on the agenda again: but it’s not as simple as booking a flight and turning up at check-in.

Everyone is required to complete a travel declaration form: –

  1. For Entry into NZ
  2. For Entry back into Australia

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand

People in Australia who meet the eligibility criteria can fly on quarantine-free flights to/from New Zealand with a valid passport. All other passport holders must hold a visa or New Zealand electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).  All travellers to New Zealand must complete an online travel declaration form before you travel from Australia. Click here for the form.

To travel to New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight, you must meet the following criteria: You meet immigration requirements.  You need to spend the 14 days before you depart in either Australia or New Zealand. You have not had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart. You are not waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test taken in the past 14 days. You must complete a travel declaration when you book your flights. This declaration mainly asks you about your travel plans and contact details. You must answer questions about your health at departure. You will not be able to travel if you have cold or flu symptoms.

Unless you are exempt, you must wear a face covering on the aircraft and at all airports. You can choose to wear your own face covering or one provided by your airline.  You will also need to download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of the places you’ve visited. There will be a QR code at the airport that you can scan to get the app or you can download this before you arrive via your phone app store. Visit https://covid19.govt.nz/ for the most up to date information. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

Australia Travel Declaration

Before you travel to Australia, including from New Zealand, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status. This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and also allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19. If you do not complete the declaration you may not be able to board your flight, or you may experience delays when you arrive in Australia.