Border changes for unvaccinated New Zealand Citizens

Published: 18 March 2022

The Government has agreed that unvaccinated New Zealand citizens, and those who are eligible to travel to New Zealand do not need to enter MIQ or to self-isolate. This change takes effect from 11.59pm on Friday 18 March.

You will need to ensure you meet the requirements to enter New Zealand before you travel. You can find out more here:

When New Zealand's borders open(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

This also means that those eligible unvaccinated arrivals who entered MIQ prior to 11.59pm on Friday 18 March will be released from MIQ.

Minimum vaccination requirements for travel to New Zealand will apply to non-New Zealand citizens, including permanent residents, unless they have an exemption.

Travellers entering New Zealand will still be required to undertake rapid antigen tests on days 0/1 and 5/6 and report the results. If a traveller tests positive, they will need to undertake a PCR test, and isolate in accordance with the requirements for positive COVID-19 cases.

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) will used in limited circumstances, by some refugees, arrivals from Afghanistan, maritime crew, and some international aircrew.

It was announced last week that MIQ will reduce to 4 facilities by the end of June 2022. This change to the border entry requirements further reflects the reduced demand for MIQ as we reopen our borders.

Last updated: 25 March 2022