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December 5, 2021

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.

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.

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.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework:

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa.

Everyone can access basic needs services, like supermarkets, pharmacies and healthcare. But you get more freedoms with My Vaccine Pass.

New Zealand is now at Red and Orange settings. The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing vaccinated people more freedoms.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework and what it means for you at https://covid19.govt.nz.

General Information:

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa.

Everyone can access basic needs services, like supermarkets, pharmacies and healthcare. But you get more freedoms with My Vaccine Pass.

New Zealand is now at Red and Orange settings. The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing vaccinated people more freedoms.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework and what it means for you at https://covid19.govt.nz.

The Red level is used when there is a need to protect both at-risk individuals and the New Zealand health system.  Under Red, face coverings will be mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public facilities, and recommended whenever leaving your house.  

While Auckland is under the Red level, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland will operate in line with Public Facilities requirements, including capacity limits based on one meter distancing and mandatory face coverings. Under Red, the Consulate General will open on a limited basis for some citizen services, including passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The Consulate General has provided emergency citizen services under all alert levels and will continue to do so.

While at Red, the Consulate General will continue to be unable to provide some services, including renunciation of citizenship and notarial services. The Consulate General plans to resume these routine services at the Orange level, pending public health guidance at that time.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency that requires an emergency passport, you can contact us via e-mail at AucklandACS@state.gov and we will respond promptly.

New Travel Requirements for Entry and Exit to New Zealand 

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
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  9. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  12. 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))
  13. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  14. 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.
  • 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 Protection Framework (Traffic light system):

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa.

Everyone can access basic needs services, like supermarkets, pharmacies and healthcare. But you get more freedoms with My Vaccine Pass.

New Zealand is now at Red and Orange settings. The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing vaccinated people more freedoms.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework and what it means for you at https://covid19.govt.nz.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • 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 vaccination status when registering with the Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIQ), as well as presenting 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 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:

Movement Restrictions:

Quarantine Information:

  • 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.

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:

While Auckland is under the Red level, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland will operate in line with Public Facilities requirements, including capacity limits based on one meter distancing and mandatory face coverings. Under Red, the Consulate General will open on a limited basis for some citizen services, including passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The Consulate General has provided emergency citizen services under all alert levels and will continue to do so.

While at Red, the Consulate General will continue to be unable to provide some services, including renunciation of citizenship and notarial services. The Consulate General plans to resume these routine services at the Orange level, pending public health guidance at that time.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency that requires an emergency passport, you can contact us via e-mail at AucklandACS@state.gov and we will respond promptly.

Visa Services:

The U.S. Consulate General in Auckland operates under safety measures as outlined by the Government of New Zealand. Under the red level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, we will begin processing emergency immigrant visa services, however we are unable to provide routine non-immigrant visa services at this time. 

Consular staff can fully process visa applications that do not require an interview or fingerprints. 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 visa category for a visa that has expired in the last 48 months;
  • Applying for a student F or M visa, or academic-related J visa (first-time or renewal, through December 31st);
  • Applying for an H2 temporary worker visa (first-time or renewal, through December 31st);
  • Over the age of 79;
  • Under the age of 14.

Unfortunately, we cannot process emergency non-immigrant visa appointments at this time. In the meantime, we still request applicants schedule interviews following the instructions on our webpage and our visa scheduling site . Appointments are available through May. Should an applicant have an emergency request, they can submit that request by following these instructions , however we will not be able to accommodate any visa emergencies in the short term. Here is the link for contact information  of 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]

 

The COVID-19 Protection Framework:

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa.

Everyone can access basic needs services, like supermarkets, pharmacies and healthcare. But you get more freedoms with My Vaccine Pass.

New Zealand is now at Red and Orange settings. The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing vaccinated people more freedoms.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework and what it means for you at https://covid19.govt.nz.

While Auckland is under the Red level, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland will operate in line with Public Facilities requirements, including capacity limits based on one meter distancing and mandatory face coverings. Under Red, the Consulate General will open on a limited basis for some citizen services, including passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The Consulate General has provided emergency citizen services under all alert levels and will continue to do so.

While at Red, the Consulate General will continue to be unable to provide some services, including renunciation of citizenship and notarial services. The Consulate General plans to resume these routine services at the Orange level, pending public health guidance at that time.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a serious emergency that requires an emergency passport, you can contact us via e-mail at AucklandACS@state.gov and we will respond promptly.

Learn more about the here the COVID-19 Protection Framework here.

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.

Visa Services:

The U.S. Consulate General in Auckland operates under safety measures as outlined by the Government of New Zealand. Under the red level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, we will begin processing emergency immigrant visa services, however we are unable to provide routine non-immigrant visa services at this time. 

Consular staff can fully process visa applications that do not require an interview or fingerprints. 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 visa category for a visa that has expired in the last 48 months;
  • Applying for a student F or M visa, or academic-related J visa (first-time or renewal, through December 31st);
  • Applying for an H2 temporary worker visa (first-time or renewal, through December 31st);
  • Over the age of 79;
  • Under the age of 14.

Unfortunately, we cannot process emergency non-immigrant visa appointments at this time. In the meantime, we still request applicants schedule interviews following the instructions on our webpage and our visa scheduling site . Appointments are available through May. Should an applicant have an emergency request, they can submit that request by following these instructions , however we will not be able to accommodate any visa emergencies in the short term. Here is the link for contact information  of our visa customer service agency should you wish to talk or chat with a visa representative.

 

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.