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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

From unnecessary tourist trips to New Zealandis currently due to ongoing entry restrictions advised against.

Epidemiological situation

New Zealand has so far been relatively unaffected by COVID-19.
The national Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.


New Zealand currently does not allow foreign private yachts and boats to moor without a prior special permit. Violations, even in emergencies, are counted as illegal entry.

International entry into New Zealand is prohibited until further notice. Exceptions still exist only for New Zealand nationals and holders of permanent residence permits ("(permanent) residents"). In all other cases, a so-called border exception from the immigration authorities must be present for entry.
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. The newly created "Managed Isolation Allocation System" is 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”. In addition to the two mandatory COVID-19 tests during the ordered quarantine, a COVID-19 test will be carried out upon entry. The only exceptions are those arriving from Australia, the Antarctic or the Pacific Islands.

From January 25, 2021, all travelers (including those in transit) are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test no longer than 72 hours ago. The 72 hours refer to the period before the departure of the direct flight to New Zealand, i.e. transit times must be included. Information on the exact requirements for the COVID-19 test before departure and exceptions to the test verification requirement can be found on the website of the New Zealand government. If they are not presented, fines will be charged.

Transit and onward travel

Transit is only possible via Auckland Airport, subject to certain conditions, provided that no COVID-19 symptoms are found, no leaving the transit area and no entry into New Zealand, the transit stay is no longer than 24 hours and proof such as a confirmed onward / Return ticket from Auckland is available. If you do not leave the airport, you do not need to do a COVID-19 test before departure. Transit conditions can change quickly. Current information can be found on Unite against Covid-19 or Immigration NZ.

Travelers who are unable to leave the country due to international travel restrictions can apply for a so-called "COVID-19 short-term visa". The website of the New Zealand immigration authority provides comprehensive information on this. Visa renewal fees may apply.

Travel connections

There are regular flight connections from various airlines to and from New Zealand. Cruise ships are not allowed to dock until further notice.

Restrictions in the country

Level 1 of the four-stage national COVID-19 emergency plan applies again for the entire country.
All citizens are called upon to download the New Zealand tracing app, activate the Bluetooth function for contact tracking and scan the mandatory QR codes in all shops and public buildings as well as in local public transport to record the location.

Please contact the New Zealand government for more information on the measures.

Hygiene rules

Mouth and nose protection is compulsory on all public transport in Auckland (including ferries) and on all flights. It continues to be recommended on public transport (including ferries and airplanes) and in retail outlets across the country.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the New Zealand government and use the New Zealand tracing app in the country.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the Healthline.
  • Always keep an eye on the latest New Zealand Immigration publications or contact your New Zealand diplomatic mission.
  • In any case, please contact your airline regarding transit flights and find out more from the New Zealand authorities.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When returning to Germany, please note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if applicable, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.



Until the firearm attacks in March 2019 on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, New Zealand was spared from terrorist acts.

Domestic situation

Overall, the location is quiet.

  • Still, find out more about the local media.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.


Petty crimes such as pickpockets occur particularly in places that are very frequented by tourists.

Vehicle break-ins in unguarded parking lots in larger cities and settlements as well as along tourist routes such as the Coromandel Peninsula, the area around Rotorua or Queenstown are not uncommon.

In the past, there have also been isolated attacks on tourists who were hitchhiking or who camped or parked outside organized campsites at night (“freedom camping”).

  • Keep money, IDs, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe, especially in backpacker accommodations.
  • Don't leave valuables in your car or RV.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • In large crowds such as at airports, train stations, in markets and on public transport, pay particular attention and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

Tropical storms

New Zealand is cyclone season from November to April. During this time, tropical cyclones and intense rainfalls can occasionally occur, which in turn can lead to floods and traffic disruptions.

Earthquakes and volcanoes

New Zealand is in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes and volcanic activity can occur.
The eruption of the Whakaari volcano on White Island on December 9, 2019 resulted in numerous injuries and deaths, some of them seriously. The island remains closed until further notice.

Bush and forest fires

Especially in the summer months, bush and forest fires occur again and again in New Zealand due to the prevailing climatic conditions. Impairment of the infrastructure in tourist areas must also be expected in these cases.


Heavy rain and melting snow can lead to floods and landslides. Road closures after landslides or underwashes are not uncommon and sometimes require long detours.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There is left-hand traffic. The development and condition of the roads differs significantly from the conditions in Central Europe.
Multi-lane motorways and roads only exist on a few, comparatively short sections in the metropolitan areas of Auckland (as far as Hamilton), Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Most of the state and country roads in New Zealand are single-lane, winding and narrow, with a few steep inclines and declines. Side roads are often not paved throughout.

The number of fatal road accidents has increased significantly in recent years. An increasing number of young tourists were among the victims.

In order to reduce the number of accidents involving foreign drivers, numerous vehicle rental companies have submitted to a self-binding code of conduct. Before taking over the vehicle, foreign customers are not only fully informed about New Zealand road traffic regulations, but are also asked about the status of their preparation for driving in New Zealand and about their driving experience. The code of conduct stipulates that, as a last resort, the rental may be refused.

When hiking in the wilderness there are considerable dangers and risks, even providers of tours and extreme sports do not always have equipment with high safety standards.

  • Before starting your journey, familiarize yourself with the information on road safety in New Zealand and the information sheet in German in the most important New Zealand traffic regulations.
  • Always drive carefully and defensively.
  • Calculate travel times carefully and generously, taking into account the slower travel speed on New Zealand roads.
  • Make sure you have enough rest, especially after a long flight.
  • When hiking and doing extreme sports, make sure you have the right equipment for all weather conditions and familiarize yourself with the risks on sightseeing flights. This includes the "Outdoor Safety Code" of the New Zealand nature conservation authority DOC.
  • Make sure local operators are trustworthy and that they have adequate insurance coverage.
  • Inquire on site, e.g. at the local DOC office or the I-Site tourist information center.

Driving license

Foreign driver's licenses are recognized for a maximum period of one year from entry, but may have to be carried with a certified translation into English.
An international driver's license is not absolutely necessary, but it is recognized as a translation in connection with the national driver's license.
Further information, as well as addresses of recognized translation options, can be found at the New Zealand Transport Authority.


Legal specifics

Collecting plants and capturing animals, and exporting plants and animals without a permit, is a criminal offense in New Zealand; Attempts are also punishable.
Violations are punished harshly, even for first-time offenders prison sentences of several months are the rule, often combined with fines of several thousand New Zealand dollars.

These provisions apply not only to species that are acutely threatened with extinction, but also to all species classified as endangered by the nature conservation authority. These include Geckos, parrots (kaka, parakeet) and orchids.
The possession as well as the import and export of drugs are punishable by severe penalties.

Money / credit cards

The national currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with credit cards are possible almost anywhere.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least one month beyond the intended stay period upon entry.


German citizens do not need a visa to enter the country and stay for up to three months as a tourist or business traveler, but must be in possession of a return or onward flight ticket and, if requested by the immigration authorities, be able to provide proof of sufficient funds to finance the stay. Since October 1, 2019, they also need an electronic entry permit NZeTA.

Electronic entry authorization NZeTA

The electronic entry permit NZeTA can be applied for online or on mobile devices via the NZeTA app and is also required for a stay in the transit area.

The NZeTA application is chargeable (12, - NZD when registering online, 9, - NZD when registering via a mobile app).
In addition, since October 2019, a newly introduced tourism tax (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy IVL) of currently 35 NZD has been required upon registration, which is to flow into infrastructure and environmental protection projects for a more sustainable tourism industry.

Once issued, the NZeTA is valid for any number of entries for a maximum of 90 days within a period of two years.

The responsible New Zealand Immigration office recommends submitting the application at least 72 hours prior to travel if possible.

Visa for other purposes of residence

For other purposes of residence, including A visa is required for any form of employment or for longer stays. Contact the New Zealand Immigration Service for more information.


Minors (up to 18 years of age) who travel unaccompanied by their legal guardian must also have a declaration of consent to travel (in English) with them.

Import regulations

New Zealand has extremely strict import regulations for food and other plant and animal products that could pose a risk to the country's endemic flora and fauna. Travelers are obliged to declare products or objects that are considered to be a risk when entering the country. These include:

  • All food
  • Plants and seeds
  • Animals and animal products
  • as well as other organisms
  • Used sports and camping equipment
  • Hiking and other sports shoes
  • Garden tools and other items

This list is not exhaustive; Detailed information can be found on the website of the Quarantine Service of the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Note that even if you accidentally take food with you, e.g. B. a single, undeclared apple forgotten in hand luggage can lead to an immediately payable, substantial fine.

Upon arrival in New Zealand, thorough checks, i.e. a search of luggage, among other things. with sniffer dogs, as well as fluoroscopy, can be expected. Infringements of the import regulations are severely punished with monetary (usually at least 400, - NZ dollars) and possibly also imprisonment or expulsion.

Laptops or other electronic data carriers are also allowed to be searched by New Zealand customs according to the Customs and Excise Act 2018 to prevent criminal offenses. The release of the password can also be requested for this purpose. Refusal can result in fines of up to NZD 5,000.

For people over 17 years of age, the duty-free allowances for luxury goods in travel are a maximum of 4.5 liters of wine or beer and a maximum of three bottles of spirits, each with a maximum of 1.125 liters, and a maximum of 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco or cigars (or a proportionate combination of these goods up to a maximum of 50 grams). Other goods may be imported up to a total value of 700, - NZD per traveler. Please contact New Zealand Customs for details.

Import bans or restrictions exist for weapons, including certain types of knives. Please contact the New Zealand Police for more information. Any amount of cash carried (including checks, travelers checks, money or postal orders, bills of exchange and other transferable bearer papers) must be reported on entry and exit if their total value is or exceeds NZD 10,000.


The importation of dogs and domestic cats is basically permissible, but requires the observance of numerous detailed regulations and (with the exception of imports from Australia) a quarantine of at least ten days.
Additional regulations must be observed when importing ornamental fish. The import of other pets is prohibited with the exception of rabbits and guinea pigs from Australia (and only from Australia) and chinchillas from Great Britain (and only from Great Britain). Further information is available from the Ministry for Primary Industries.



The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.


In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.


There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Medical supplies

The health system in New Zealand is well developed. Since not all medicines available in Germany are available in New Zealand, it is advisable to bring urgently needed medicines with you. All medication must be specified on the arrival card and the corresponding medical prescriptions and original packaging must be carried with you (this applies in particular to medication that contains narcotics or extracts from them (also e.g. ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, often in cold medicines).

In the event of illness, a general practitioner (GP) must first be visited, who will then, if necessary, arrange for a referral to a specialist.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take an individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you travel, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information for your travel destination

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Further information for your trip