On 24 November, the New Zealand Government announced the next steps for reopening New Zealand’s border.
Fully vaccinated New Zealanders will find it easier to come home from January 2022, with foreign nationals to follow from April onwards, as the Government removes the requirement for managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) for most travellers.
The border will open in 3 steps:
- Opening to fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and those residence-class visa holders and other travellers eligible under our current settings from Australia from 11:59 pm on 16 January 2022 (provided they have been in Australia or New Zealand for the past 14 days).
- Opening to fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and those residence-class visa holders and other travellers eligible under our current border settings, from all but very high risk countries, from 11:59pm on Sunday 13 February 2022.
- Opening to fully vaccinated foreign nationals (possibly staged by visa category), from 30 April 2022 onwards.
Eligible travellers into New Zealand will still be required to meet entry requirements, including:
- a negative pre-departure test
- proof of being fully vaccinated
- a passenger declaration about travel history
- a day 0/1 test on arrival
- a requirement to self-isolate for 7 days, and
- a final negative test before entering the community.
You can read further detail about these changes on the Unite Against COVID-19 website here.
The Unite Against COVID-19 website will continue to be updated with further information, please check back regularly for updates.
Posted:24 Nov 2021, 15:12
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