New Zealand phased border re-opening from 16 Jan ’22 (14 Jan for Cook Islands)


    We are delighted to hear the Government’s plans for a phased re-opening of the borders for fully vaccinated NZ citizens or residents, starting on 14 Jan ’22 with the Cook Islands, 16 Jan ’22 with Australia and 13 Feb ’22 for the rest of the world and the phased removal of the need to enter MIQ on return to NZ. Travellers will initally instead be required to self-isolate at home for 7 days.

    We are aware that many of our clients will be very keen to use this opportunity to reconnect with family and friends all over the world, so if you are keen to travel overseas, or to arrange for a family member to return to NZ after the dates above, please contact us, we’d be delighted to help!

    Details of phased border re-opening:

    Arrangements for two way quarantine free travel with Cooks will remain from Jan 14 as planned;

    For all other international travel:

    Phase One:

    • Vaccinated NZ citizens or residents residing in Australia currently will be allowed to return to NZ without entering MIQ. Negative PCR will be required prior to departure from Australia and declarations that very high risk countries have not been visited. In addition to this day 0/1 tests will be required and a period of home isolation (likely 7 days) with negative test before leaving isolation.  The commencement date is 1159pm 16 Jan 2022.

    Phase Two:

    • Vaccinated NZ citizens or residents currently residing in NZ will be able to travel to most other countries will be allowed to return to NZ without entering MIQ. Negative PCR will be required prior to departure from other countries and declarations that very high risk countries have not been visited. In addition to this day 0/1 tests will be required and a 7 day period of home isolation with negative test before leaving isolation.  The commencement date is 1159pm 13 Feb 2022.

     Phase Three:

    • Vaccinated eligible foreign nationals from other countries will be eligible to enter NZ without entering MIQ. Negative PCR will be required prior to departure from other countries and declarations that very high risk countries have not been visited. In addition to this day 0/1 tests will be required and a period of home isolation with negative test before leaving isolation.  The commencement date is 30 April 2022.  We assume that this will involve 7 days home isolation from 30 April.

    It is possible that timeframes may change dependent on what is happening globally and locally with the management of the virus and the ability of health systems and infrastructure to cope with increased pressure. That could result in timeframes being pushed out or being brought forward including shortening of home isolation periods.