REVISED FLIGHT SCHEDULES FOR RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
Australian citizens and permanent residents wishing to return to Australia via Auckland will now be able to obtain a connecting flight within 24 hours. Air New Zealand will depart Tonga for Auckland on Wednesdays at 1800 hrs. The connecting red zone flight from Auckland to Sydney will depart Auckland on Thursdays at 0900 hrs. As a result, Australian citizens and permanent residents using this connection will no longer need to apply to the New Zealand Government for a place in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ). Passengers in transit will need to remain in the transit area of Auckland airport between flights.
Australian citizens do not require transit visa for New Zealand. Permanent residents of Australia will need to obtain a transit visa for New Zealand. Please see: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers
Australian citizens and permanent residents wishing to return to Australia will need to apply directly with Air New Zealand for seats on this red zone flight (passengers who have not been in New Zealand for 14 days).
Entry requirements to Australia:
The Department of Home Affairs have information on the restrictions on travelling to Australia and the available exemptions at: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions
Travellers to Australia must complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. More information can be found at:
Passengers travelling from Tonga to Australia are exempt from the requirement by the Australian government to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours or less before the scheduled departure. Further information can be found at:
You will be required to quarantine in government arranged accommodation on arrival for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. You are responsible for your own quarantine costs. Quarantine requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments. For any queries regarding quarantine fees in NSW please see: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/quarantine#fees-for-quarantine