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Non-citizen travelers to New Zealand will be subject to a new vaccination requirement.

On , -19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins stated that non-New Zealand citizens arriving in the country will be required to receive a complete series in November.

Once travelers have with the Managed Isolation Allocation System, they will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a relevant exemption to their airline as well as to customs officers once they have arrived on the other side of the world.

“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect yourself from the of -19 and the of serious illness or death,” Hipkins said.

We are introducing a for air travellers aged 17 and over who are not New Zealand citizens to be fully vaccinated before entering the country in order to further reduce the possibility of the virus crossing our border.”

“This is an important step in our Reconnecting New Zealand strategy,” says Minister of Transport and , Steven Joyce.

At this time, the -19 Technical Advisory Group has recommended that a course of any of the 22 COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by a government or approval authority, with the last dose administered at least 14 days before arrival, be considered acceptable. Evidence of vaccination or an exemption will be defined in detail, and guidelines will be developed in this regard.

“The vast majority of visitors to New Zealand inform us that they have already been vaccinated. This requirement formalizes the process and adds an additional layer of protection at the border. In conjunction with today’s announcement that all passengers and crew aboard Air New Zealand aircraft traveling internationally will be required to be fully vaccinated beginning in February 2022,” says the author.

It will still be necessary for all arriving passengers to complete 14 days of managed isolation and quarantine. In addition to this, all passengers, with the exception of those from exempt locations, will be required to provide proof of a negative -19 test result from an accredited laboratory within 72 of their first flight.

Citizens of New Zealand, children under the age of 17, and those who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons will be exempt from the requirement, according to the government.

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