Update on NZ border reopening and new isolation rules

Earlier this week New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced changes to the border reopening plan.

In a nut shell, the changes are as follows:

  • From Wednesday 2 March, 11.59 pm all self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated New Zealanders travelling from Australia are lifted
  • From Friday 4 March, 11.59 pm fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other fully vaccinated eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival.

Travellers will still need a negative pre-departure test and have rapid antigen tests upon arrival and on day five or six. The Prime Minister has also indicated that Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) requirements will remain for the unvaccinated, including New Zealanders, refugees and some community cases, as needed.

This announcement undoubtedly brings some overdue relief for the economy, and in particular for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

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Elly Fleming

Position: Associate
Email: elly.fleming@pittandmoore.co.nz
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