Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on March 19.
That success also means that it will likely be quite a while before most international travelers are allowed to visit.
What’s on offer
New Zealand’s landscape is the stuff of legend. Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its soaring peaks and deep valleys is ripe for “tramping,” the locals’ term for a good, long hike. Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach offer vast sea views from the tip of North Island. Meanwhile, indigenous Maori culture permeates every aspect of the country. Pick up an RV and it’s easy to find an empty corner of this magical country to explore.
Who can go
The rules are simple. Other than a few exceptions for partners, dependents and critical workers, only New Zealand residents and citizens are allowed into the country without first requesting to travel.
What are the restrictions?
New Zealand has maintained some of the toughest travel guidelines in the world since March 2020. All arrivals, including New Zealand citizens, must undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine and test negative for Covid-19 at the end of this period before entering the community.
Travelers coming from the United Kingdom or United States must also have a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding their flight.
There is a one-way travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia which allows travelers from New Zealand to fly to the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory without having to quarantine.
New Zealand travelers still have to spend 14 days isolating in a managed isolation and quarantine facility on their return.
On March 17, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced that the long-awaited two-way travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia was “close” to being finalized.
A one-way travel bubble from the Pacific Island of Niue will commence on March 24.
What’s the Covid situation?
The country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has won plaudits for her handling of the crisis, in which only 26 people have died, with 2,444 cases overall.
What can visitors expect?
The country’s Alert Levels go up to 4, at which point a stay-at-home order would be in place and education facilities would be closed.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Maureen O’Hare contributed to this report