COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Travel, Tradeshows and Events

Get further information here on official travel advisories, known travel issues and updates on key tradeshows and events across world markets.


Official travel advisories

On Thursday 19 March, the New Zealand Government introduced further border measures for foreign travellers entering New Zealand. Most foreign travellers can no longer enter New Zealand. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) advises that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions. See the latest SafeTravel update here.

MFAT publishes travel advisories via its SafeTravel service for New Zealanders travelling overseas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these advisories are being continuously updated as new information becomes available.

If you choose to travel overseas, we strongly recommend that you check relevant advisories daily, and register your details at www.safetravel.govt.nz to get notifications of any changes to the travel advice for your destination.

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Known travel issues

As of 16 March 2020, anyone entering or re-entering New Zealand from any country is required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and to register with the Ministry of Health via the Healthline service.

Further updates are available from New Zealand Customs and Immigration New Zealand.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and associated travel restrictions in overseas markets, most airlines have paused or reduced their scheduled flights.

If you have travel planned, stay in regular contact with your travel agent or airline before you travel, as new border restrictions or service disruptions may affect you at short notice. Contact your travel agent about flight options if your travel plans are disrupted (or likely to be disrupted). 

You should also ensure that you have suitable travel and health insurance in place. Be aware that insurance providers may have blanket policies that exclude any travel under pandemic conditions, meaning you won't be covered under an existing policy – make sure you confirm with your provider.


Tradeshow and event updates

Numerous international tradeshows and events are being postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Make sure you proactively check with organisers for any tradeshow or event you're scheduled to attend – conditions and regulations are changing rapidly overseas, and events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.

Below is the status of major overseas tradeshows and events which NZTE's teams are aware of.

If you have questions about an event not listed here, please contact the organisers in the first instance or get in touch with NZTE for further advice.

Latest tradeshow and event information

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.