New Zealand has announced that it will reopen its borders earlier than expected, with fully vaccinated tourists from Singapore, UK, USA and other visa-waiver countries allowed to enter from 2 May 2022.
|❓ 1 May or 2 May?|
|The media is reporting the reopening as 1 May 2022, but it actually comes into effect from 1 May 2022 11.59 p.m, essentially 2 May 2022. Take note if you’re planning to take the first flight over!|
This represents a six-month acceleration of the original October timeline, and even better, there will be no quarantine necessary on arrival.
Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand resumes
|✈️ Summary: Travel to New Zealand|
From Sunday, 1 May 2022, 11.59 p.m, New Zealand will open its borders to visitors from all visa-waiver countries, regardless of travel purpose.
|🇳🇿 New Zealand Visa-Waiver Countries|
|1. Citizens only|
2. Residents with HKSAR or British National–Overseas passports only
3. Citizens only
4. Citizens only
5. Only if you have a Macau Special Administrative Region passport
6. If you have the right to live permanently in Portugal
7. If you are a permanent resident
8. If you are travelling on a UK or British passport that shows you have the right to reside permanently in the UK
9. Including USA nationals
Travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (children aged 16 and under are exempt). New Zealand accepts any vaccine on the WHO list, so the Sinovac and Sinopharm crowd won’t encounter any issues.
|🇦🇺 Early access for Aussies|
|Australian citizens and permanent residents get early access to New Zealand from 11.59 p.m on 12 April 2022. Well, they can be the beta testers…|
- A PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure of the first international flight to New Zealand
- A supervised ART taken within 24 hours of departure of the first international flight to New Zealand
- A supervised LAAMP test taken within 24 hours of departure of the first international flight to New Zealand
Further COVID-19 testing will be required on arrival, and on Day 5 or 6 day in New Zealand (the day of arrival is Day 0). Both tests will be self-administered ARTs, and results (whether positive or negative) must be reported.
You must report both RAT results, whether you test negative or positive.
You will receive an email from the New Zealand Ministry of Health after you complete your traveller declaration. Follow the instructions in the email and report your results using the link in the email.
You can also call the COVID-19 Test Results Line and leave a message with your result.
Call: 0800 432 010
No isolation is required before/after either test.
Further opening to travellers from non-visa waiver countries is expected to take place from October 2022, although this may be likewise accelerated now.
Travel from New Zealand to Singapore
New Zealand, surprisingly, is neither a Category I nor a VTL country. Instead, it’s on the General Travel: Non-VTL list, which means that all travellers will need to serve a 7-day SHN on return, regardless of vaccination status.
|Category I||N/A||ART or PCR within 2 days of depart. to SG||Self-ART within 24h|
|General Travel: VTL||N/A|
|General Travel: Non-VTL||7 days|
|PCR at end of SHN|
|PCR within 2 days of depart. to SG||PCR on arrival|
PCR at end of SHN
|Category I: China, Macau, Taiwan|
VTL: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA [Greece, Vietnam from 16 Mar]
Non-VTL: All other countries
Restricted: No countries at the moment
However, I am almost certain that the demise of the VTLs is nigh, and therefore I wouldn’t worry too much about this. By the time May comes round, Singapore is very likely to have transitioned to a simpler system based solely on vaccination status.
New Zealand will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from visa-waiver countries from 2 May 2022, a full six months ahead of schedule.
While it’s not yet on the VTL list, I remain convinced the VTL won’t exist by the time the reopening happens- and if it does, something must have gone horribly wrong!
Anyone planning a New Zealand trip?