New Zealand Border Re-opening

04 February 2022
The Government has announced its 5-step plan to re-open New Zealand borders, commencing 27 February 2022.

New Zealand Border Reopening.

The Government has announced its 5-step plan to re-open New Zealand borders, commencing 27 February 2022.

Step 1 — From 28 February 2022

The following fully vaccinated people can enter New Zealand from Australia and self-isolate upon arrival: 

  • New Zealand citizens and residents 
  • Other eligible travellers under current border settings. 

You must spend the 14 days before you travel in Australia.

Unvaccinated New Zealand citizens, and those who do not meet New Zealand’s vaccination requirements for self-isolation, who are eligible to enter New Zealand will continue to enter managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).

Check who is eligible to travel to New Zealand under our current border settings | immigration.govt.nz

Step 2 — From 14 March 2022

The following fully vaccinated people can enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world and self-isolate upon arrival: 

  • New Zealand citizens and residents 
  • Other eligible travellers under current border settings.
  • Skilled workers earning at least 1.5x the median wage.
  • Travellers on a working holiday scheme.
  • Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents, provided they meet the usual visa and vaccination requirements. A family group does not need to travel to New Zealand together. 

Unvaccinated New Zealand citizens, and those who do not meet New Zealand’s vaccination requirements for self-isolation, who are eligible to enter New Zealand will continue to enter managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).

Check who is eligible to travel to New Zealand under our current border settings | immigration.govt.nz

Step 3 — From 13 April 2022

The following fully vaccinated people can enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world and self-isolate upon arrival: 

  • Current offshore temporary visa holders with a valid visa who can still meet their visa requirements.
  • Up to 5,000 international students for semester 2

Step 4 — From July 2022

The following fully vaccinated people can enter New Zealand and self-isolate upon arrival: 

  • All travellers from Australia. 
  • Visitors from countries who do not need a visa (visa waiver visitors) 
  • Travellers arriving under the Accredited Employer Work Visa categories.

Visa waiver countries and territories | immigration.govt.nz

Accredited Employer Work Visa | immigration.govt.nz

Step 5 — From October 2022

All visa categories will reopen from October 2022, including visitor and student visas.

Self-isolation requirements

Self-isolation is only available for fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter New Zealand. 

Travellers must self-isolate for 10 days in New Zealand. If New Zealand’s self-isolation period changes, such as a drop to 7 days, the self-isolation period for travellers will also change.

Travellers will be provided three rapid antigen tests at the airport, one for use on day 0/1, and one for use on day 5/6, with one extra for backup. 

Anyone who tests positive will need to take a PCR test at a Community Testing Centre or GP for whole genome sequencing in order to quickly identify and respond to new variants coming across the border.

We will provide more information about self-isolation requirements when it is available.

Health requirements

While you do not have to enter MIQ at each step, you must meet some health requirements, including: 

  • You must provide a negative pre-departure test. 
  • You must meet vaccination requirements. 
  • You will self-isolate for a period of time after you arrive. 
  • You must do 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) during your self-isolation period on day 0/1 and day 5/6 and declare your results. 

Last updated: 4 February 2022 at 3:13 pm

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