19 January 2021 – Pre-departure testing now required for most inbound travellers

Type of Intervention: Regulation, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs, Health, Tourism
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health – NZ government

Overview: To protect New Zealand from COVID-19, pre-departure testing is now extended to all travellers except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands.
Full details here: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/pre-departure-testing-extended-to-all-travellers-to-new-zealand/

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Given the high rates of infection in many countries, most global air routes are of critical concern for the foreseeable future. This change is to help minimise disruption for those travellers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change.
The expansion of Day 0/1 testing at Managed Isolation and Quarantine to all passengers to New Zealand – except for those coming from Australia, Antarctica or most Pacific Islands – is now in operation. All travellers are still required to complete 14 days mandatory isolation, including routine Day 3 and Day 12 tests.