New Zealand drops mandatory pre-departure testing

Starting last Monday, 20th of June, New Zealand no longer required travelers entering its borders to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival.

Despite being unvaccinated, travelers are now allowed to transit through New Zealand.

Nevertheless, travelers are still required to test themselves upon arrival or on the first day of their trip and on the fifth or sixth days of arrival. They are also required to take a PCR test to verify their results if they tested positive at first testing. A New Zealand Traveler Declaration form is also required to be completed prior to arrival.

For travelers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during travel, there will be two options to prove that they do not have COVID-19. The first option is to present a negative test result, and the second option is to secure a certificate from a health professional explaining why it is unlikely that they have the virus.

All travelers to New Zealand are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, obtain a traveler visa and adhere to the post-arrival testing requirements.


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Author: Deb Davad

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