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Key Points

  • Adjustments in pre-departure testing requirements
  • Changes to Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
  • Vaccination requirements updated for border workers and health care workers


The government of New Zealand will adjust COVID-19 measures and change its re-opening plans. The following changes will take place beginning in 2022:

Pre-Departure Testing Requirements

  • Pre-departure test requirements will be shortened from 72 hours to 48 hours before departure to New Zealand

Changes in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)

  • The stay period for those in MIQ will be increased from seven days to ten days, with all ten days spent in a MIQ facility for all travelers regardless of vaccination status
  • Non-MIQ travel will be delayed until the end of February 2022

Booster Shot Requirements

  • All border and eligible health care workers will be required to have a COVID-19 booster shot by the end of January 2022
  • All other workers under the vaccination mandate will be required to have a COVID-19 booster shot by March 1, 2022

Risk Level Assessments

  • All countries are being removed from the Very High-Risk country list
  • Will initiate more strict internal restrictions if the omicron variant becomes more prevalent

What are the Changes?

The government of New Zealand has announced several changes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the omicron variant. These changes impact MIQ and the vaccination requirements for workers under the vaccination mandate.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: Unite Against COVID, New Zealand

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