Latest Travel Updates

Update: 24 November 2021

The government has just announced some huge changes around MIQ and opening our borders! Kiwis will finally be able to reconnect to the world soon!

There will be 3 steps:

STEP 1: From 17 January 2022, fully-vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers coming back from Australia will be able to self-isolate at home and bypass MIQ

STEP 2: From 14 February 2022, fully-vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers coming back from all other countries (with the exception of high risk countries) will be able to self-isolate at home and bypass MIQ

STEP 3: From 30 April, all fully-vaccinated foreign nationals will be able to travel to New Zealand, with the re-opening staged over time (possibly staged by visa category)

All travellers eligible for each of these steps will require the following:

  • A negative pre-departure test
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated
  • A passenger declaration about travel history
  • A day 0/1 test on arrival
  • A requirement to self-isolate for 7 days
  • A final negative test before entering the community

There are a lot of finer details, so head to the official site for all the latest updates:

And for more info on current travel restrictions for NZ and overseas, see our Help Centre:

Update: 16 November 2021

Following the news that the Waikato area will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm Tuesday 16 November, our Flight Centre stores in this area are open.

Level 3 (Step 2) - Auckland | Level 2 - Rest of New Zealand

With Auckland at Level 3 (Step 2) and the rest of New Zealand under Alert Level 2, our Flight Centre stores are open with increased safety and sanitation measures in place.

If you do visit one of our stores, we have introduced the measures below to ensure you have a safe experience:

  • Social distancing at least a safe, 2m distance from each other
  • Increased cleaning and sanitisation routines

We also please ask customers:

  • If you are feeling unwell please stay at home and contact us remotely instead
  • To sign in with the NZ COVID Tracer app before entering the store
  • You must wear a face covering while in our stores
  • Be kind

Our Travel Experts are still contactable via phone and email within store open hours, to contact your travel expert or store please visit:

Update: 9 November 2021

Air New Zealand announces domestic passengers will have to be fully vaccinated or Covid-19 negative to fly

  • From mid-December those aged 12 years, 3 months and older travelling on Air New Zealand domestic flights will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure.
  • Air New Zealand is aiming to have this in place by 14 Dec 2021, initially through to 31 Mar 2022.
  • There will be a digital solution in place for travellers to show proof of vaccination or exemption by uploading their QR code from the NZ Government’s My Vaccine Pass as part of the check-in process.
  • Travellers with a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departing need to present the free community text message result or doctor’s letter at an Air NZ check-in counter.

For any customers with an existing booking, who are unable to provide proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, or who no longer wish to travel whilst this temporary Air New Zealand policy is in place, please contact your Co-Captain or local store for assistance.

Update: 8 November 2021

The Cook Islands Government announced on Friday 05 November that two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will resume on 14 January 2022 (NZ time).

Vaccinated travellers only

All visitors must be aged 12 years and over and must be fully vaccinated or provide a certified medical exemption. Children under 12 years of age will be permitted to enter the Cook Islands once children between 5-11 years of age in New Zealand have begun being vaccinated.

COVID-19 test required before departure

Travellers must take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure and show the negative result at departure and on arrival. No test is required on arrival in the Cook Islands. Travel to Aitutaki is permitted, with the only requirement being that travellers will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test before boarding their flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. A further test may be required on Aitutaki.

Only open to New Zealand

This travel corridor is only open between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, and the Cook Islands maritime border remains closed.

Contact tracing and pre-arrival forms

Visitors will be required to complete a Cook Islands contact form no more than 72 hours before departing New Zealand. To assist with tracing in the Cook Islands, travellers will be required to download the Cooksafe+ Bluetooth app as well as use their personal Cooksafe QR code card given on arrival.

FAQs detailing what travellers need to know before departing New Zealand can be found on This will be updated progressively as various protocols are confirmed.

In addition, the following requirements are already in place for travellers:

  • Spend the full 14 days prior to your departure either in New Zealand or the Cook Islands
  • Have not had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart.
  • Not waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test taken in the past 14 days.
  • You must complete the Ministry of Health travel declaration form no more than 72 hours before returning to New Zealand

For our latest Cook Island Deals: click here

If you have an existing Cook Islands booking impacted by travel restrictions or this latest announcement, contact your Flight Centre Co-Captain or local store. You can stay up to date by visiting Cook Islands Travel Advisory or the Cook Islands and New Zealand Government COVID-19 websites.

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