Once travelers have registered 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.
We are introducing a requirement 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 Infrastructure, Steven Joyce.
At this time, the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group has recommended that a full 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 members 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 COVID-19 test result from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of their first scheduled international 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.