This travel advice page covers New Zealand. For the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue, see our travel advice page for Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for New Zealand’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Due to COVID-19 these may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

If you plan to pass through another country on your journey, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides appropriate cover. See the FCDO guidance on foreign travel insurance.

If you need urgent consular assistance, 24/7 support is available by telephone on +64 (0) 4 924 2888.

Around 200,000 British nationals visit New Zealand every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle is expected to reach New Zealand on Sunday 12 February, and could stay in to next week. It will bring strong winds and heavy rain over the North Island, with the risk of flooding. You should track latest forecasts from New Zealand MetService and follow the advice of the local authorities. Please check with your airline for the latest flight information.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Auckland due to widespread flooding following unexpectedly heavy rain. You should monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. See the Auckland Emergency Management website. Auckland Airport has experienced disruption leading to flight delays and cancellations. Check with your airline for the latest flight information and with the New Zealand Transport Agency for road traffic updates.

If you’re visiting remote areas of New Zealand, make sure your journey details are known to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out. Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous, especially in winter. See Local travel

Terrorist attacks in New Zealand cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.