New Zealand reopens its borders! Everything you need to know to prepare for your trip

Since 1 May 2022, tourists from visa-exempt countries such as France, Polynesia or New Caledonia can finally enter New Zealand. In partnership with New Zealand Services and Le Petit Journal Auckland, below is a step-by-step guide to what to do to travel to New Zealand and meet the requirements of COVID-19.

Before departure for New Zealand

1 – First of all, check that your passport is still valid!

2 – Since March 2022, everyone who travels to New Zealand must complete a travel statement before departure

3 – Get an NZeTA (read all about access permission by clicking here)

4 – If you are over 16 years old: obtain a digital or paper vaccination certificate from a public health authority confirming that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Your proof must confirm that you have received 1 or more COVID-19 vaccines (the number of doses depends on the vaccine you received), your name, the name of the vaccine or vaccines you received, the name of the organization that gave them the name of where you received them, the date of each dose or the date on which a primary vaccination was completed.

5 – In addition to being double-vaccinated, travelers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 result on one of these tests, but will not be required to isolate themselves on arrival:

  • a test (PCR) taken at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or
  • supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) no more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or
  • a supervised loop isothermal amplification test (LAMP) no later than 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand.

Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka

You should still have a test even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you must still provide a valid test before departure. Your test may show a positive result, so you should also give:

  • a medical certificate with the date of your previous positive test within 48 hours of your first international flight and
  • documentation from a doctor confirming that you are no longer contagious.

You are responsible for verifying that your chosen test provider can provide you with acceptable documentation prior to departure to the specified standard required by the New Zealand Government. Tests from free community test stations may not be acceptable for travel approval, so check before your test.

Find the list of vaccines approved for entry into New Zealand by clicking this link.

At the airport

Imports of any kind of food, animal or plant product are strictly regulated. Check the New Zealand Customs website for items you cannot bring into the country.

On arrival in New Zealand

1 – Take 2 rapid antigen tests (RAT): one on day 0/1 and another on day 5/6. You will receive a package containing a RAT kit once you have cleared customs. You must report your RAT results – even if your test is negative. (You will receive an email from the Ministry of Health after completing your travel statement. Follow the instructions in the email and report your results using the link in the email.)

2 – If you get a positive RAT result, report it, isolate yourself for 7 days and take a PCR test.

No more mandatory quarantine in New Zealand

After proving to immigration that you are vaccinated, and after performing the antigen tests, you can move freely throughout New Zealand right out of the airport! The quarantine policy is suspended, you no longer need to book a room in MIQ.

See you soon in New Zealand!

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