What should tourists avoid in New Zealand

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Status: 02/23/2021

For information on Covid-19 - particularly the details of Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 - please visit the New Zealand Government's Covid-19 website, available here.


If you notice symptoms of an illness with Covid-19, please do not go to the doctor directly, but contact the free Healthline of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, available on 0800 358 5453 (if you are in New Zealand) or 0064 9 358 5453 (if You are outside of New Zealand).

Everyone is still asked to download and use the tracing app or to keep a record of movements and whereabouts themselves. It is also strongly recommended to install the Bluetooth function of the app, which has been available since the beginning of December, in order to be able to directly track the contacts between people. On December 16, the government announced that there was a National Response Plan (Ministry of Health Covid-19 Resurgence Plan and National Resurgence Response Plan) in the event that there should be a community broadcast over the holidays and travel season. All travelers are requested to always have a Covid emergency kit including a mask and disinfectant with them. Travelers are strongly advised to stay where they are at the time in the event of an outbreak to avoid further spread. Regional test centers are available for use across the country:


Information about the Embassy in Wellington and the honorary consuls in Auckland and Christchurch:

The offices of the Honorary Consuls in Christchurch and Auckland as well as the embassy are open at levels 1 and 2.

Please note that the global corona crisis may lead to longer processing times, e.g. for passport applications.

Please only keep appointments if:

You have no symptoms of COVID-19 (especially no fever) and

you have not yet received the result of a COVID-19 test and

You are not in close contact or have been in a possible, probable or confirmed COVID-19 case.

Entry into New Zealand:
The New Zealand border remains closed. Entry to New Zealand, e.g. for tourist purposes, is therefore still not possible. Only New Zealand nationals and persons with permanent residence status are currently eligible for entry. Few other groups can apply for a so-called "border exemption".

All travelers are obliged to go to a 14-day quarantine after entry, which currently has to be completed in the facilities provided for this purpose in the vicinity of the entry airport.

From November 3, 2020, the newly created "Managed Isolation Allocation System" will be mandatory for all travelers. According to this, a voucher must be purchased before departure as proof of a confirmed place in a state quarantine facility, which must be proven to the airline before departure; otherwise the flight cannot be taken. The vouchers can be purchased online via the “Management Isolation Allocation System”. Two mandatory COVID-19 tests will be carried out during the quarantine period.

You can find detailed information on this in the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, information on this can be found here.

Information from the New Zealand Ministry of Health for (domestic) tourists is available here.

Severely restricted transit through New Zealand:

A transit through New Zealand as part of a stopover is only possible to a very limited extent. You can find the details at here.

In particular, such a transit stay is only permitted if:

the stay is less than 24 hours

the transit area is not left

a confirmation from the airline that boarding of all onward flights has been approved

as well as when

You have no symptoms of COVID-19 (especially no fever) and

you have not yet received the result of a COVID-19 test and

You are not in close contact or have been in a possible, probable or confirmed COVID-19 case.

You can find more Covid updates on travel and visa regulations at Immigration New Zealand.

Leaving New Zealand since the completion of the return program:

The following applies unchanged:

Please inquire at a travel agency or the airlines about return flight options.If you book an individual flight connection, please inform yourself beforehand on the website of the Federal Foreign Office (www.diplo.de/sicherheitreisen) about the respective transit regulations. Please register yourself in the ELEFAND crisis prevention list and keep your data there up-to-date.

Please check the embassy website for updates on a regular basis.


As far as the embassy is currently aware, there are now more commercial return travel options to Germany, including via Singapore, via various airports in Australia to Doha or Dubai and via Los Angeles. When booking your trip, please ensure that your checked baggage from New Zealand is checked through to the destination airport.

Any necessary tests can be carried out here before departure.

Please note in particular that you need a special permit to transit through Australia. Please visit the Australian Department of the Interior's website for more information. You can also find out more on the website of the German representations in Australia


Please note that, regardless of level 1, it is not possible to leave the country if you have a positive COVID-19 result and you have not yet been medically confirmed that you have recovered or

  • if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or
  • if you are still pending the result of a carried out COVID-19 test or
  • if you are in close contact with a possible, probable or confirmed COVID-19 case or
  • if you have traveled abroad in the last 14 days.

Please also note that the embassy cannot provide financial help for those affected by travel restrictions.

Detailed information on this is provided by the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office and by