The situation in relation to international travel and Covid-19 continues to evolve. See below for our latest update.

Government Covid-19 announcements
On Thursday 12 August the Government set out its roadmap for reconnecting NZ to the world.

An overview of the key steps is attached and a full update can be found here - Government sets out plan to reconnect New Zealanders to the world | Unite against COVID-19 (

In summary, the Government is using the remainder of 2021 to continue to prepare for the operation of borders under this system. This work includes ongoing work on the development of a traveller health declaration system, investigating new testing technology for rapid testing on arrival at airports and reliable pre-departure testing as well as piloting self-isolation arrangements for some New Zealanders and strengthening other public health measures such as contact tracing.

Process for seeking international travel exemptions

Sport NZ has established a process and criteria to assess requests for exemptions to allow individuals or teams to enter New Zealand for sport events. More information about this process is available at this link.

Guidelines for international travel

Sport NZ has prepared guidelines to assist National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to make effective decisions about whether their athletes should travel internationally and, if they do travel, to help them plan this travel. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on sport related international travel. The New Zealand Government currently recommends that New Zealanders do not travel overseas (with the exception of Australia), but New Zealanders are not prevented from doing so.

Despite the international pandemic, professional and high-performance athletes and teams have a number of motivations for travelling overseas to train or compete in international competitions.

These guidelines are intended to:

  • facilitate effective and engaged decision making in relation to international travel for sport
  • ensure that NSOs, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), and Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) enable as safe an environment as is reasonably practicable for athletes, coaches, and staff who travel overseas, and in so doing fulfil the organisation’s respective health, safety and wellbeing obligations.

These guidelines reflect the current state of knowledge and processes in place at the time of issue. They are intended to provide initial high-level guidance which will be updated as policy and processes are developed and improved.



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