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New Zealand COVID-19 Protection Framework

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August 8, 2022

COVID-19 Information

Latest updates (quick links):

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Latest U.S. Travel Updates –

June 2022 UPDATE:

Beginning June 12th 2022 air passengers will not need to show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html.

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.   [more details]

New Travel Requirements for Entry and Exit to New Zealand 

June 2022 UPDATE:

  • You do not need a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand.
  • Most travelers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.
  • If you transit through New Zealand, you do not need to be vaccinated or complete the New Zealand Traveler Declaration.

Click here for a step-by-step guide on what you need to do to travel to New Zealand and meet COVID-19 requirements.

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 COVID-19 Vaccination:

Waivers to the vaccination 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, or in countries where vaccinations are not widely available.  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?  Most travellers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand. You do not need a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand (June 2022 update). 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? You do not need a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand. Most travelers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand. If you are aged 17 years and over, and are not a New Zealand citizen, resident or Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand, you must meet vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand. You need a digital vaccine passport or another form of electronic or paper document from a government health authority confirming you have had a full COVID-19 vaccine course. Check your passport’s first name and surname match your proof of vaccination documentation. If the names are different, ask your health provider to update your details. Testing requirements after arriving in New Zealand.
  • 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.

Latest Consulate Auckland COVID-19 Updates

Latest updates from the New Zealand Government:

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 3-4+ 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

June 2022 UPDATE:

  • You do not need a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand.
  • Most travelers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.
  • If you transit through New Zealand, you do not need to be vaccinated or complete the New Zealand Traveler Declaration.

Click here for a step-by-step guide on what you need to do to travel to New Zealand and meet COVID-19 requirements.

  • If you are aged 17 years and over, and are not a New Zealand citizen, resident or Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand, you must meet vaccination requirements to enter New Zealand. You need a digital vaccine passport or another form of electronic or paper document from a government health authority confirming you have had a full COVID-19 vaccine course. Check your passport’s first name and surname match your proof of vaccination documentation. If the names are different, ask your health provider to update your details. Check the vaccination requirements.

 

 

Latest U.S. Travel Updates

June 12th, 2022 Update:

Beginning June 12th 2022 air passengers will not need to show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html.

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

CDC Travel Information:

 

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.