COVID-19 Response Minister of New Zealand, Chris Hipkins said on November 24th thatNew Zealand will gradually relax its entry quarantine measures from the beginning of next year and gradually reopen the border.
In a government statement on the same day, Hipkins said thatNew Zealand's reopening of the border is mainly divided into three steps:
Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ from 11.59pm Sunday, 16 January 2022.
Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from all other countries from 11.59pm Sunday, 13 February 2022.
All fully vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to NZ from 30 April 2022 onwards,with the re-opening staged over time.
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 MIQ for most travellers.“Closing our border was one of the first steps we took to keep our country safe from COVID-19 and it’ll be the last thing we open up” Chris Hipkins said.
According to previous news, after the outbreak of COVID-19, New Zealand implemented a strict border control policy to prohibit the entry of non New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, and implemented strict 14 day centralized segregation management for immigrants. Although these measures contain COVID-19's spread in New Zealand, New Zealand, which relies on overseas labor force, is under severe labour shortage pressure.
All travellers not required to go into MIQ will still require:
· a negative pre-departure test
· proof of being fully vaccinated
· a passenger declaration about travel history
In addition, 7 days of self isolation and at least two nucleic acid tests are required.
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.
Which vaccines are approved by New Zealand?
On November 24, the Ministry of Health announced 215 new community cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, of which 181 were in Auckland.
Approved vaccines include：
Pfizer and BioNTech
Janssen(Johnson & Johnson)
AstraZeneca / covishield (Serum Institute of India)