Quarantine-Free-Travel from Australia Suspended

Quarantine-free travel with every Australian state and territory has been suspended. For 7 days from 11:59pm (NZT) on Friday 23 July, you will be able to return to New Zealand. The suspension will continue for a further 8 weeks and will be reviewed in September.

If you’re in Australia (except for NSW) and you usually live in New Zealand, you have until 11:59pm (NZT) Friday 30 July to return home. You will not enter a managed isolation (MIQ) facility.

After 30 July, eligible travellers in Australia will need to book red flights, however this may not happen immediately. These travellers will also have to book a space in MIQ.

Follow this link for 23rd July’s update on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Follow this link for latest updates on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Why is this happening?

New Zealand already has pauses in place with Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, covering approximately half of Australia’s entire population.

The Delta variant has changed the COVID-19 risk profile. Contact tracing alone is unable to get ahead of this variant, restrictions are absolutely necessary to stamp it out. The high level of transmissibility of the Delta variant, and the fact that there are now multiple community clusters and three states in lockdown in Australia, mean the public health advice is that suspending travel is the right thing to do to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand.

Modelling suggests cases in New South Wales are on a trajectory to continue to increase for some time and there is transmission across state borders. The suspension will give Australia time to manage their current outbreaks, while giving New Zealand health officials the time to monitor the situation, assess travel developments in other countries and consider different QFT settings while ensuring New Zealanders are safe.

What people in Australia can/should do:

Act quickly, and organise coming home as soon as possible. Book a return green flight home, or secure a managed return flight from NSW.

For advice on returning from Australia, you can:

If you are unable to return in the next 7 days you should:

  • Subscribe to get email notifications about travel with Australia through the Unite website. You will receive emails when information changes. You can subscribe here.
  • In an emergency, New Zealand citizens in Australia can get emergency consular assistance. You can access support for situations like lost or stolen passports, death, health issues and law infringements. Consular assistance cannot help you book a commercial flight, or guarantee an airline’s travel requirements. Get emergency consular help by calling: +64 99 20 20 20 if you’re outside New Zealand.

FAQs at 23rd July 2021: