New Zealand travel update: Can I travel to New Zealand?


    New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, went back into lockdown on Wednesday August 12 after four new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the city. Prior to this, the country had a 102-day streak without a single coronavirus cases being recorded. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delayed the dissolution of parliament, and imposed a three day lockdown in Auckland in order to swiftly deal with the situation.

    New Zealand has been applauded for its handling of the pandemic, but the country received some bad news earlier this week forcing Auckland to back into lockdown.

    Earlier this week four new infected family members took the country by surprise, ending more than three COVID-19 free months.

    Since then, New Zealand has reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, just one day after Auckland went back into lockdown.

    Out of the 14 new cases, 13 of them have been traced back to the family.

    The other new case is an overseas arrival who was in quarantine.

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    Can I travel to New Zealand?

    Since July 4, New Zealand has been exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

    New Zealand is on the UK’s travel corridor list, but that doesn’t mean everyone is allowed in.

    In fact, the New Zealand border is currently closed to nearly all arrivals.

    If you are a New Zealand citizen or resident returning to New Zealand, you don’t need any formal exemption.

    The New Zealand Government’s site says: “People from any other countries can’t enter New Zealand at this time, unless they have specific grounds for exemption, such as being essential workers or for medical reasons.

    “These people will need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for an exception to the border closure.”

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    If you are allowed to enter New Zealand, you will still undergo quarantine or a managed isolation in an approved facility for at least 14 days.

    You must then take a COVID-19 test and test negative before entering then community.

    Before leaving the facility, a final health check will be carried out confirming the person has not tested positive or is not a probable case, and also has no symptoms and has a temperature below 38 degrees.

    This process applies to everyone, but there are a few exceptional circumstances in which people can apply for an exemption for managed isolation.

    For example, those with serious medical conditions that can’t be managed in the accommodation provided.


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