Foreign nationals will be able to enter New Zealand from 30 April 2022 onwards, as the Government is set to remove the requirement for Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for most travellers.
The New Zealand international border will open in three steps. All travellers not required to enter MIQ will still require:
- a negative pre-departure test
- proof of being fully vaccinated
- a passenger declaration about travel history
- undertake a test upon arrival in New Zealand
- a requirement to self-isolate for seven days*, and
- a final negative test before entering the community.
*Further details on how self-isolation will be implemented will be made available in December and include guidance on how people can travel from their arrival airport to their location of self-isolation and requirements for the places where they can self-isolate.
Steps for travellers entering New Zealand without going into MIQ:
- Step 1 – 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)
- Step 2 – 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 Sunday 13 February.
- Step 3 – unless holding an exemption temporary visa applications from outside NZ or from a quarantine free travel zone are suspended until 5 August 2022.
Fully vaccinated New Zealanders will also find it easier to come home from January 2022.
- From 11.59pm on Sunday, 16 January 2022 fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ
- Fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from all other countries from 11.59pm Sunday, 13 February 2022
- The Very High-Risk classification for Indonesia, Fiji, India, Pakistan, and Brazil will be removed in early December.
All fully vaccinated individuals will be able to New Zealand from 30 April 2022 onwards dependent on holding the required border exemption.
These settings will continue to be reviewed against the risk posed by travellers entering New Zealand.
For more information, see the official press release.