New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Level Update
All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
(Page updated: June 11th, 2021).
*** Effective January 26th, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Waiver Process for Pre-Flight Testing:
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Consulate in Auckland at AucklandACS@state.gov and provide the information below. The U.S. Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), date of birth, passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- As of June 11th 2021, New Zealand has had 2697 confirmed & probable cases of COVID-19 within its borders (interactive map of New Zealand cases / the latest number of cases can be found here). Currently, there are 24 active cases in New Zealand.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of New Zealand approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? YES. More details here.
- Are vaccines available in New Zealand for U.S. citizens to receive? YES.
- Which vaccines are available in New Zealand? Pfizer/BioNTech.
- Information about vaccines and their availability in New Zealand is available from the Ministry of Health website.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels:
These alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. For more information about New Zealand Alert Levels, click here.
As of February 23rd, New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1. Click here to find out what this means.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, all travelers entering New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica, and most Pacific islands) are required to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight. For more information visit: covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists:
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter New Zealand. If a U.S. citizen is able to enter through such a status, they will be required to quarantine in a government-operated facility for 14 days
- Detailed information is available at covid19.govt.nz
- NZers overseas wanting to return home should pre-book their isolation voucher before they buy their flights at allocation.miq.govt.nz.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in New Zealand? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- The New Zealand Ministry of Health advises those requiring a PCR test to arrange one through your GP.
- More detailed information can be found at the Ministry of Health website.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required on all public transport at this time.
American Citizen Services:
U.S. citizens may schedule appointments for the following services:
- passport applications,
- consular reports of birth abroad,
- federal benefit services,
- notarial services, and
U.S. Consulate General Auckland is scheduling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments for all visa categories. For more information on nonimmigrant MRV fees and scheduling a visa appointment, visit our visa information website. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, follow the guidance provided at our expedited appointment website to request an emergency appointment.
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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
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Actions to Take:
- Visit the Department of State Covid-19 crisis page for the latest information.
- Visit the New Zealand Covid-19 website for the most up to date information in New Zealand.
- Consult the CDC website for accurate, up to date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19, please read the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Consult your airline, cruise line, or other travel operator regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit the United States Embassy in New Zealand website for updated information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- U.S. Consulate General Auckland, Level 3, Citigroup Building, 23 Customs Street East, Auckland 1010.
- Contact information: +64 09 303 2724, AucklandACS@state.gov.
- State Department Consular Affairs: +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts.
Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021):
Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.
Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.
See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see faqs.
Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.
U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.
U.S. citizens with emergencies or questions about your unique situation, please email email@example.com.
For questions about New Zealand’s immigration or transit regulations, please call Immigration New Zealand. NZ immigration: 0508 225 288. From the United States, dial 011 64 99 20 20 20.
Health queries – NZ Government Health Line at 0800 779 997.