New Zealand Dropped Vaccine Requirement For Travellers

New Zealand Dropped Vaccine Requirement For Travellers

New Zealand has finally decided to drop the vaccine requirement for international visitors. 

On 13 September 2022, the country lifted vaccine requirements along with the mandatory wearing of masks in public. 

This means that all incoming travellers are welcome, whether vaccinated or not. Mask wearing is no longer mandatory except in healthcare facilities.

The only requirement that will remain in place is a 7-day isolation period for Covid-positive individuals.

“Finally, rather than feeling that COVID dictates what happens to us, our lives, and our future, we take control back as we continue to drive economic activity and our recovery,”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Latest Entry Rules To New Zealand

Travellers who have been holding off on visiting New Zealand due to travel restrictions can now freely travel to the country. International travellers will no longer need to take a test before or after arrival, show proof of vaccination, or quarantine upon arrival. 

Inbound travellers to New Zealand airports from overseas will be given free rapid tests and will be encouraged to test on days one and six of their stay, but testing will not be required.

The lifting of its pandemic-era rules comes as New Zealand has vaccinated 90% of people 12 and older with at least two doses.

New Zealand first reopened to vaccinated tourists in May 2022 then dropped pre-arrival testing rules for those vaccinated visitors in June and lifted restrictions on cruises in August.

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