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The situation in relation to international travel and Covid-19 continues to evolve. 

Government Covid-19 announcements

The Government has published information about reopening the borders in stages, from 27 February 2022. Please check here for up-to-date information about changes to border controls: Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World | Unite against COVID-19 (

Many borders around the world are closed to people who are not citizens and permanent residents of that country. We recommend that you check the requirements of the country you are planning to travel to.

Planning to host international athletes or teams in New Zealand 

The Government has set very high thresholds for some international travel exemptions that allow individuals or teams to enter New Zealand for sport events, if they meet the requirements for Government Approved Events status. Please contact if you intend to host international athletes or teams in New Zealand before October 2022.

You should consider visa and vaccination requirements well in advance, and have plans in place for isolation and other requirements in case of Covid cases within the traveling teams. 

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.

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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