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Everything You Need to Know About the New Zealand Travel Declaration

June 4, 2022

If you’re planning to visit New Zealand or want to return after an overseas vacation, you’ll need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) form.

These forms are easy enough to complete but as a new form of documentation, they can take a little getting used to.

As they are essential to NZ travel and it’s important you get it right. If you don’t, your trip to Aotearoa could be in jeopardy.

Don’t worry though — with a little preparation, you won’t have any issue getting your NZTD approved in time.

Everything You Need to Know About the New Zealand Traveller Declaration Form

Do I need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration form?

Yes, everyone entering New Zealand by air is required to complete this form. Even New Zealand residents/citizens, children/babies and transit passengers.

Where do I apply for my NZTD?

Apply online here.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to complete this form.

How soon can I apply for my Traveller Declaration pass?

You can begin your application up to 28 days before your flight departs for New Zealand. It’s a great idea to start your form nice and early to ensure everything is accepted.

What information/documentation do I need?

  • Your flight number and date of arrival to New Zealand
  • Details of the passport you are entering New Zealand on
  • Evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination or exemption
  • Proof of your COVID-19 pre-departure test results (required if you appear unwell)
  • Your contact details in New Zealand
  • Details of a person who can be your emergency contact
  • Your travel history for the 14 days prior to departure.

If I need a test, when does it need to be done?

Testing is now only required if you have signs of COVID-19. For example, if you suffer from hayfever.

These PCR tests must be completed within 48 hours of departure. RATs need to be done within 24 hours.

We recommend virtually-supervised RATs – that way you can relax and do it in the comfort of your home or hotel room. They’re available 24/7 and are an affordable way to test. Plus, if you use the company we recommend, you can be sure you’ll receive exactly the information you need to enter the country.

The vast majority of people do not require a test to enter New Zealand now.

How long does the form take to complete?

We suggest allowing approximately 30 minutes to complete your Traveller Declaration.

Remember, it’s best to complete your form up to a month in advance.

Can I exit the form part way through?

You sure can! Your form will automatically save, just as long as you have completed the ‘your passport information’ page (which is very early in the process).

You will be emailed a code and can use this to log in again at a later date.

What is the best way to complete the application?

If possible, we recommend using Chrome (a freely available web browser) on your computer. Though the form can be completed on a mobile phone, it’s a bit more difficult.

It is not possible to submit a paper application.

Can I send in paper copies of my documentation?

No, this process is done entirely online so all documentation must be loaded digitally. Ensure you have both your COVID-19 vaccine evidence and pre-departure test results ready in a digital format (PDF, PNG and JPGs are accepted). You can photograph or take a digital scan of any paperwork if you need to.

How long will it take for my declaration to be approved?

It can take anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours to hear back regarding your application. This will depend on how many other applications have been received and well you complete your paperwork.

Take your time and double-check that you have attached all required forms and that your details are typed in correctly (eg. your passport name and number). If your details do not match or you have missed key information, your application will be delayed.

How will I know my New Zealand Traveller Declaration has been approved?

You will receive an email when your application has been processed. Ensure that you enter a current email on your application and keep a close eye on your inbox (and junk folder).

Do I need to print my declaration?

No, you are not required to print anything. You’ll be given a QR code which can be displayed on your mobile phone — this is what you’ll be required to show at the airport.

When will I be asked for my Traveller Declaration?

You will be asked to show your pass when you check in with your airline. It will also be checked on arrival in New Zealand.

Photo credit: AirNZ.

What is the point of a NZTD?

The information you provide will be used to let you know what you need to do when you arrive in New Zealand. It will tell you if you need to complete a self-test on arrival or if you are able to enter quarantine-free (which is the case for most people).

It is also a requirement to enter New Zealand — without this pass, you will be denied boarding.

If I need help, where can I go?

Though the form is fairly straightforward, help is available if you need it. You’re welcome to ask for advice in our Facebook community, or you can phone the New Zealand Travel Declaration helpline.

The helpline is open 24/7 and is available toll-free. If you’re encountering a problem, be sure to phone right away.

  • New Zealand: 0800 359 269
  • Australia: 1800 359 269
  • International: +64 4 931 5799 (this is an international call and is not free-phone)

I speak another language – can you help?

Translated instructions are available online.


With these instructions and a little forward planning, completing your NZTD will be a breeze.

For more information and the most current updates, check out travellerdeclaration.govt.nz and covid19.govt.nz.

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