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New Zealand plans to open its borders in 2022

The New Zealand Government has announced plans to open New Zealand’s borders again. Our borders closed on 19 March 2020 and will re-open from January 2022 onwards. Opening the border means an end to the nearly 2 year period where we closed ourselves off from the world, but it is important to note that the border will not be fully open all at once. The current plan is to open the border in stages to manage risk. The currently planned stages are as follows:

  • 16 January 2022: Fully vaccinated Kiwis can enter from Australia.
  • 13 February 2022: Fully vaccinated Kiwis can enter from all countries.
  • 30 April 2022: Fully vaccinated foreigners can enter from all countries.

Managed isolation requirements will be relaxed for people coming in from January 2022 onwards, and will be replaced with a one week self-isolation period instead. In order to avoid managed isolation, all travellers will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have a negative covid test before departure
  • Proof that you are fully vaccinated
  • Declaration about your travel history
  • A second negative test when you first arrive in New Zealand
  • Self isolation for 7 days
  • A third negative test

While it is unfortunate that this will stop people from being able to see their friends and families during the Christmas holiday season, this still marks the end of New Zealand’s period of isolation from the world.

If you have any questions or concerns about entering New Zealand, or helping someone else enter New Zealand, please feel free to contact us. Queen City Law’s immigration team are leaders in the field and our experts are more than happy to help you finally enter New Zealand after so long.