New Zealand reopens its borders to international travellers

New Zealand reopens its borders to international travellers

Vaccinated tourists with a negative pre-departure Covid test can now visit the country

The New Zealand government has reopened the country’s borders, allowing international visitors from visa waiver countries to travel to New Zealand without needing to self-isolate on arrival.

Tourists can now travel to New Zealand on provision of a pre-departure negative PCR test.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy said: “We look forward to welcoming manuhiri [visitors], family and friends back in May.

“New Zealand has plenty to offer international visitors, from breathtaking landscapes, rare and remarkable wildlife to our rich culture and heritage. Our people and places are what make us unique, and we look forward to sharing this with the world again.”


All travellers entering New Zealand must be fully vaccinated in line with New Zealand government entry requirements and present a negative pre-departure Covid test (PCR, Lamp or rapid antigen).

The isolation requirement for arriving travellers (including foreign nationals) has been removed except for unvaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents returning to the country.

Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, all travellers will be provided with two rapid antigen tests at no charge to be self-administered on arrival and on day five of their visit. Travellers who test positive will be required to take a PCR test to confirm positive status. If positive, they will then be required to self-isolate.

A land of diverse regions and landscapes, New Zealand stretches across two main and several smaller islands. Thrill seekers can partake in bungee jumping or exhilarating jet boat safaris, while the more sedate can enjoy world-class golf courses and award-winning wines and cuisine.

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