Quarantine-free travel from all of New Zealand to Australia

  • Media release
31 October 2021

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from tomorrow.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said the resumption of quarantine-free arrivals would be a major boost for tourism and confidence.

The Chief Health Officer has announced that one-way quarantine-free (‘green zone’) travel to Australia from anywhere in New Zealand can recommence from 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 31 October 2021 for jurisdictions that are ready to do so. All travellers are subject to the following pre-departure measures:

  • Proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test within 3 days of the departure flight to Australia, and a completed declaration to this effect; and
  • Evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 consistent with the ATAGI definition of fully vaccinated with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine.

“In 2019, Australia hosted 1.434 million visitors from New Zealand – making it our second largest source market – and they spent $1.6 billion in the Australian economy supporting local jobs and businesses,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australia delivers what Kiwis want in a holiday, including safety and security, value for money and world class natural beauty and wildlife.

“Tourism Australia will look to scale up its marketing activities in New Zealand, with an immediate focus on building confidence and broadening knowledge of the depth of Australia’s tourism offering.

“The resumption of quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia is another important marker on our road to recovery and it will encourage more Australians to dust off their passport and plan their next holiday.”

In October the Australian Passport Officer received more than 102,000 passport applications, an average of more than 5,000 every work day compared to 82,000 applications in September and 53,000 applications in August. There has also been strong demand for the new International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, with more than 717,500 certificates generated since it was launched on 19 October.

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