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May 23, 2022

COVID-19 Information

Latest updates (quick links):

Latest U.S. Travel Updates –

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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. [more details]

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to the testing and vaccination requirements will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exception. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. 

Read more about this update here.

New Travel Requirements for Entry and Exit to New Zealand 

April 2022 UPDATE:

The New Zealand Government announced that from 11:59 pm on May 1, 2022, vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries, and visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa can enter New Zealand and test on arrival.

In preparation for the return of international travellers, from 11:59 pm on March 31, 2022 all travellers to New Zealand by air will be required to complete and submit a New Zealand traveller declaration (NZTD)  and receive a Traveller Pass prior to departure.  The NZTD will replace the Nau Mai Rā traveller declaration which ceased from March 31.  Nau Mai Rā travel passes issued up until 31 March 2022 will remain valid for entry into New Zealand. [more details]

December 2021 UPDATE:

Beginning November 1, the Government of New Zealand will require all non-New Zealand citizens age 17 and over traveling into the country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Per the Government of New Zealand, a full course of any of the 22 COVID-19 vaccines approved by a government or approval authority, with the last dose being at least 14 days before arrival, will be acceptable at this stage. The requirement will not apply to New Zealand citizens, children under the age of 17, and those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. For additional information regarding these new requirements, please visit the Government of New Zealand’s COVID-19 page.

Additionally, many airlines are beginning to require passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before allowing them to board an international flight. Air New Zealand has announced that as of February 1, 2022, all passengers 18 years of age and older who are travelling internationally on an Air New Zealand aircraft will be required to be fully vaccinated. Please note boarding requirements vary from airline to airline. Please check with your airline directly for any specific boarding requirements before you travel. 

Vaccine Information 

Foreign nationals are allowed to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in New Zealand. You can book online or over the phone, or in some locations visit a drive-thru clinic without an appointment. For more information on vaccines, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz.

In compliance with New Zealand requirements, individuals must wear a face covering while visiting an essential service, including public transport and flights, pharmacies, supermarkets, and petrol stations. The government encourages everyone to wear a face covering when leaving your home and if you are unable to maintain two meters of distance. For detailed information about the New Zealand government response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.

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:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), date of birth, passport number and country.
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit.
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit.
  4. U.S. destination address.
  5. Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Departure date.
  7. Flight itinerary including airline, flight #, departure airport and date of departure, arrival airport and date of arrival.
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger, phone and email address.
  9. Vaccination Status:
    1. Fully Vaccinated: Provide name of vaccine product(s), date of first dose, date of second dose (if a two-dose series), PDF or photograph of vaccination record;
    2. Not Fully Vaccinated.
  10. 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)).
  11. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety).
  12. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation).

Country-Specific Information:

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, Astrazeneca, Novavax.
  • 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES
    • Details for travel requirements before departure and on arrival to New Zealand can be found here.
  • Must I be vaccinated to visit New Zealand?  Yes.  All air travelers arriving on or after November 1, 2021 and aged 17 and over, who are not New Zealand citizens, must be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand.  Travelers will be required to declare their vaccinations present proof of vaccination or a relevant exemption to their airline and to Customs officers upon landing. More information.
  • Which vaccines are accepted by New Zealand? The New Zealand COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group has recommended a full course of any of the 22 COVID-19 vaccines approved by a government or approval authority, with the last dose being at least 14 days before arrival, will be acceptable at this stage.  Further guidance will be provided on what will qualify as evidence of vaccination or an exemption.
  • 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 48 hours (for a PCR test) or 24 hours (for a supervised RAT or LAMP test) before their first scheduled international flight. For more information visit:  Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz).
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists:

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Details for travel requirements before departure and on arrival to New Zealand can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in New Zealand? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health advises those requiring a PCR test to arrange one through your GP.
  • Options for PCR and/or antigen testing within 24 hours do exist at some facilities.
  • More detailed information can be found at the Ministry of Health website.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks are required on all public transport at this time.

Consular Operations:

American Citizen Services:

UPDATE 3/07/22: Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa. All of New Zealand is now at Red.

The U.S. Consulate General Auckland has resumed routine U.S. citizen services, including passports, reports of birth abroad, and other routine services. Wait times are lengthy given that our section has been closed for most of the past 8 months.

We strongly encourage all U.S. citizens to renew their passports as early as possible. Most adult renewals do not require an in-person interview and can be processed through the mail. Turnaround time is, on average, three weeks from submission.

The Consulate General provides emergency citizen services under all COVID levels and will continue to do so. If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency that requires an emergency passport (defined as someone leaving within the next 4 weeks) or other emergency service, you can contact us via e-mail at AucklandACS@state.gov and we will respond promptly.

Visa Services:

The U.S. Consulate General Auckland has resumed routine appointments requiring in-person interviews for all immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants. We will continue to process emergency appointments for all services.

Consular encourages the submission of visa applications by mail for all applicants that do not require an interview or fingerprints. If qualified, this process takes only a few weeks from start to finish. For non-immigrant applicants who are resident in New Zealand, this includes applicants who are:

  • Applying for a diplomatic or official visa;
  • Renewing a visa in the same category for a visa that is either still valid or has expired in the last 48 months;
  • Applying for a student F or M visa, or academic-related J visa [first time or renewal];
  • Applying for an H2 temporary worker visa;
  • Applying for H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, O, P, and Q petition based visas for the first time [if you have previous travel on ESTA]
  • Over the age of 79;
  • Under the age of 14.

Applicants are requested to schedule interviews following the instructions on our visa scheduling site. Should an applicant have an emergency request, they can submit that request by following these instructions. You may also contact our visa customer service agency should you wish to talk or chat with a visa representative.

Latest Consulate Auckland COVID-19 Updates

Latest updates from the New Zealand Government:

One-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers to U.S.:

On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States.  You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. [Read more]

Consular Operations:

UPDATE 4/14/22: Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa. All of New Zealand is now at Orange

The U.S. Consulate General Auckland has resumed routine U.S. citizen services, including passports, reports of birth abroad, and other routine services. Wait times are lengthy given that our section has been closed for most of the past 8 months.

We strongly encourage all U.S. citizens to renew their passports as early as possible. Most adult renewals do not require an in-person interview and can be processed through the mail. Turnaround time is, on average, three weeks from submission.

The Consulate General provides emergency citizen services under all COVID levels and will continue to do so. If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency that requires an emergency passport (defined as someone leaving within the next 4 weeks) or other emergency service, you can contact us via e-mail at AucklandACS@state.gov and we will respond promptly.

Visa Services:

The U.S. Consulate General Auckland has resumed routine appointments requiring in-person interviews for all immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants. We will continue to process emergency appointments for all services.

Consular encourages the submission of visa applications by mail for all applicants that do not require an interview or fingerprints. If qualified, this process takes only a few weeks from start to finish. For non-immigrant applicants who are resident in New Zealand, this includes applicants who are:

  • Applying for a diplomatic or official visa;
  • Renewing a visa in the same category for a visa that is either still valid or has expired in the last 48 months;
  • Applying for a student F or M visa, or academic-related J visa [first time or renewal];
  • Applying for an H2 temporary worker visa;
  • Applying for H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, O, P, and Q petition based visas for the first time [if you have previous travel on ESTA]
  • Over the age of 79;
  • Under the age of 14.

Applicants are requested to schedule interviews following the instructions on our visa scheduling site. Should an applicant have an emergency request, they can submit that request by following these instructions. You may also contact our visa customer service agency should you wish to talk or chat with a visa representative.

Updates Regarding Pre-departure Testing and Testing After Arrival

April 2022 UPDATE:

The New Zealand Government announced that from 11:59 pm on May 1, 2022, vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries, and visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa can enter New Zealand and test on arrival.

In preparation for the return of international travellers, from 11:59 pm on March 31, 2022 all travellers to New Zealand by air will be required to complete and submit a New Zealand traveller declaration (NZTD)  and receive a Traveller Pass prior to departure.  The NZTD will replace the Nau Mai Rā traveller declaration which ceased from March 31.  Nau Mai Rā travel passes issued up until 31 March 2022 will remain valid for entry into New Zealand. [more details]

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The Ministry of Health has updated its requirements for pre-departure testing information and testing after arrival in New Zealand.  Most travelers entering New Zealand must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from one of these tests: 

  •  a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered no more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or 
  • supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or 
  • a supervised loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand. 

The New Zealand Government requires that all pre-departure tests confirm a negative result and contain written confirmation of the following information for travel clearance:   

  1. Information about the traveler:
    1. Traveler’s full name. 
    2. Traveler’s date of birth and/or passport number. 
  2. Information about the COVID-19 test: 
    1. The type of test (PCR, RAT or LAMP).
    2. Date and time the test was conducted (please note that PCR tests must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure, RAT or LAMP tests must be taken no more than 24 hours prior to departure).
    3. The test result – confirming that it was negative. 
  3. Information about the testing lab or supervising health professional 
    1. If you had a PCR test – the name of the testing lab. 
    2. If you had a RAT or LAMP – the name of supervising health professional; and the supervisor’s letterhead; or a stamp that confirms the supervisor’s name, occupation, and employer. 

You still need a test even if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, and if you are entering managed isolation (MIQ). You are responsible for checking your chosen testing provider can provide you with acceptable pre-departure documentation to the specified standard required by the New Zealand Government. Please note, tests from free community testing stations may not be acceptable for travel clearance, so check before your test. 

Evidence may be in paper or digital form.  Evidence must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English.  Visit the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 website for more details. 

Actions to Take:

  • 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.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Consulate General Auckland, Level 3, Citigroup Building, 23 Customs Street East, Auckland 1010.
  • State Department Consular Affairs: +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444.

 

Latest U.S. Travel Updates

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

November 8th, 2021 Update – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs:

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

USA Travel

Exceptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exception. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Read more about this update here.

Please see below for more resources regarding the new travel requirements: 

CDC FAQs:

CDC Travel Information:

 

October 15th, 2021 Update – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs:

Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

As announced by the White House today, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.  (Please see cdc.gov for more information.)

The CDC and the interagency are working to develop the orders and guidance documents to implement this new travel policy, and those details — for the airlines, for airline passengers, and for people coming to the land border — will be available well in advance of November 8 to understand what is required to be in compliance.  The Department will provide further information on travel.state.gov as it becomes available.

January 15th, 2021 Update – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs:

Visit the CDC site for CDC Travel restrictions – for all air passengers to the U.S.

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.

Visit the CDC site for CDC Travel restrictions – for all air passengers to the U.S.

Contact Information

U.S. citizens with emergencies or questions about your unique situation, please email aucklandacs@state.gov.

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.