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Quarantine-free travel

Changes to our plan to reconnect New Zealand

Our phased border reopening is delayed to the end of February 2022. This is to help keep Omicron out of our community. By delaying our border opening to the end of February, more New Zealanders will become eligible for a booster dose, and our tamariki (children) aged 5 to 11 years old will have started to get vaccinated.

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22 December 2021

NZ to Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Government has announced that its borders will reopen, allowing travel from New Zealand to resume from 14 January 2022.

Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands does not include Australia. You must spend 14 full days in New Zealand before you can continue your journey through to the Cook Islands or Australia.

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Expanding Quarantine-free travel with the Pacific

From 8 November 2021 the Government is expanding one-way quarantine free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to include travellers from those countries and Tokelau who have the right to reside permanently in New Zealand and people covered by border exceptions.

Travellers must be fully vaccinated, unless they are New Zealand citizens. RSE workers are currently required to have at least one dose, and will be required to be fully vaccinated from 1 January 2022.

Due to the low risk in these countries, travellers will not need to provide a negative test before leaving or isolate on arrival in New Zealand.

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On 17 September 2021, the Government suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia for a further 8 weeks. This is due to the current Delta outbreaks.

Uncontrolled community transmission is still occurring in Australia, with case numbers continuing to steadily increase in some states and territories. In New Zealand, we are getting on top of an outbreak in Auckland.

The Government will review this decision in mid-to-late November 2021, to give more time for our vaccination rates to climb higher.

The New Zealand Government has upgraded its travel advice for everyone in New Zealand to not travel to Australia.

More information is available on, or on 0800 537 726.

People calling from Australia will need to call 09 952 1695 or 04 830 3599.

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