COVID-19 Information

Updated January 20th, 2021.

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COVID-19 Information:

*** Effective January 26, 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.

Country-Specific Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of New Zealand approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States 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 October 8th, New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1. Click here to find out what this means. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Movement Restrictions:

Quarantine Information:

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 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.

Transportation Options:

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

Consular Operations:

U.S. citizens may schedule appointments for the following services:

  • passport applications,
  • consular reports of birth abroad,
  • federal benefit services,
  • notarial services, and
  • renunciations

U.S. Consulate General Auckland is scheduling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments, including employment, student, petition-based, and tourist nonimmigrant visas, K fiancé visas, as well as IR-1/2, CR-1/2, IR 3/4, SB-1, and EB-5 immigrant visas.  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.

Please note that issuance of certain types of immigrant or nonimmigrant visas may currently be suspended due to Presidential Proclamations.  You can read more about current Presidential Proclamations and possible exemptions or exceptions here.

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Health Alert – 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 FAQ’s.  

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.   

Read more here.

Health Update: U.S. Consulate General Auckland (January 5th, 2021)

 

Notice: New Zealand government to require negative COVID-19 test for travelers arriving from the United States 

 

On January 3, 2021, the government of New Zealand announced that it will be requiring all travelers entering New Zealand from the United States or the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 in order to be allowed into the country. The result must be presented to the airline on a written form and must be certified by a laboratory in the 72 hours prior to departure. This rule takes effect for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm on January 15, 2021. The official announcement can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/pre-departure-covid-19-test-for-travellers-from-the-uk-from-15-january/ 

 

Note that New Zealand is specifically requiring submission of a negative “PCR” test. Other types of tests, such as the rapid test, will likely not be accepted. The announcement above provides information about exemptions to this policy, which are handled by Immigration New Zealand.

 

 

Further information will be made available directly to the airlines and on various government of New Zealand websites, including: https://covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/travel-to-new-zealand/

 

As a reminder, most travelers are still prevented from entering New Zealand. The exceptions to this rule are limited and can be found on the NZ Immigration page here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions

 

Those that can enter must first stay in a 14-day managed isolation or quarantine facility upon arrival. These facilities must be booked in advance of arrival and spaces are very limited for the coming months. We do not recommend that U.S. citizens make travel plans until they can confirm space in one of these facilities. Visit https://allocation.miq.govt.nz/portal/ for more information. All U.S. travelers will be tested on the first day of arrival and must remain in their rooms in the managed isolation facility until the result of that test is complete.

 

Travel requirements to the United States are currently under review due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide updates through this platform. You can also visit http://travel.state.gov for the latest travel guidance to the United States.

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.

New Zealand Alert Levels:

COVID-19 Alert levels in New Zealand.
COVID-19 Alert levels in New Zealand (larger version – PDF).

Travel.gov Advisory downgraded to Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution

Travel Advisory: Level 2 – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution when traveling due to the global impact of COVID-19.  More information on this travel advisory is available on travel.state.gov.

Travel to the United States

Travel to New Zealand:

  • Only New Zealand citizens or residents with valid travel conditions can travel to New Zealand at this time.
  • All New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine and test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.
  • There are very limited exceptions to these rules. For more information, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/travel-to-new-zealand/plan-your-travel-to-nz/

Local Resources:

Other links:

Frequently Asked Questions:

On Entering the United States:
For any questions related to your ability to enter the United States, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security at dhs.gov.

On Questions about Airlines/Hotels Cancelations:
If you have questions about flight or hotel availability, suspension of commercial flight services, cancelations or refund policies, please contact the airline or hotel directly.

Am I allowed to break my self-quarantine to go to the airport, if I want to depart New Zealand?
You may leave New Zealand to return to the United States if desired, even if in the middle of a 14-day self-isolation, if you are not showing symptoms and are not suspected of having a positive COVID-19 test result. If you have been tested and are awaiting results, please wait until you receive a negative result before ending your self-isolation. When departing, go straight to the airport and continue to minimize contact with others to the greatest extent possible.

Questions on International air travel?
Visitors and tourists can still use international air services to travel home. Do not go to the airport unless you have a ticket. If you do not have ticket contact a travel agent or airline directly.

If you are feeling unwell, particularly with a cough, shortness of breath or fever, or if you’re sneezing or have a runny nose, don’t travel.
If you are on a flight, it is particularly important that you cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Where possible carry hand sanitizer and tissues. If it’s possible, sit in a window seat in a row by yourself.

Domestic air travel?
Airlines are operating reduced flights domestically.  Visit local airlines’ websites for flight times and availability.

Further FAQS from the New Zealand Government can be found at: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/.

Actions to Take

 Assistance

  • 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.
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