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.
Due to damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle February, a National State of Emergency remains in place for Hawkes Bay and Tairāwhiti as the active response phase continues. Affected areas (Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Tararua) are under a national transition period as recovery efforts continue. Please check the National Emergency Management Agency website for up-to-date information.
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.
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.