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Airlines Updates

03.08.2020 Jetstar Airways last week announced expanded schedule for domestic service in New Zealand in August 2020, compared to July 2020 schedule. Planned operation for August 2020 includes the following.

Auckland – Christchurch Increase from 24 (weekly in July) to 30 weekly (in August)
Auckland – Dunedin Increase from 3 to 7 weekly
Auckland – Queenstown Increase from 14 to 19 weekly
Auckland – Wellington 27 weekly
Wellington – Christchurch Increase from 7 to 14 weekly
Wellington – Queenstown 7 weekly

29.07.2020 Air New Zealand this week earlier this week adjusted International operation for the remainder of Northern summer 2020 season. From 01SEP20 to 24OCT20, planned operation as follows.

Due to Government advisory, the airline has temporary suspended new bookings on International service into New Zealand at least until 09AUG20, as of 28JUL20. This date may be extended when needed. Ongoing travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation.

Auckland – Apia 1 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Brisbane 4 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Hong Kong 3 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Los Angeles 1 daily 787-9
Auckland – Melbourne 1 daily 787-9
Auckland – Nadi 1 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Niue 1 weekly A320neo
Auckland – Nuku’alofa 1 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Rarotonga 1 weekly 787-9
Auckland – San Francisco 3 weekly 787-9
Auckland – Seoul Incheon 787-9 departs AKL on 25SEP20 and 16OCT20
Auckland – Sydney 9 weekly 787-9/A320neo
Auckland – Tokyo Narita 1 weekly 787-9

Published on 28.07.2020
Air New Zealand resumes San Francisco service from late-July 2020
Air New Zealand suspends new bookings to Australia

Published on 27.07.2020
Air New Zealand extends hold on bookings into New Zealand until 9 August amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

15.07.2020 New Zealand’s regional carrier Sounds Air recently filed planned operation for July and August 2020, as the airline continues to operate reduced frequencies. Planned operation as follows.

Following frequency is based on week of 19JUL20, and may vary on certain weeks.

Christchurch – Blenheim 9 weekly
Paraparaumu – Blenheim 2 weekly
Paraparaumu – Nelson 2 weekly
Wellington – Blenheim 26 weekly
Wellington – Nelson 15 weekly
Wellington – Picton 4 weekly
Wellington – Taupo 4 weekly
Wellington – Westport 6 weekly
Published on 08.07.2020
Air New Zealand limits capacity on inbound international services
New Zealand Halts Bookings for Inbound Flights Amid Reports of Covid-19 Facility Crunch

01.07.2020 Air New Zealand during the month of July and August 2020 expands interim schedule on domestic market, announced by the airline last month. Planned weekly frequencies as follow. Note the airline is offering expanded frequencies for the first 3 weeks of July 2020, as of 28JUN20 OAG schedules.

Auckland – Blenheim 16-19 weekly
Auckland – Christchurch 62-72 weekly
Auckland – Dunedin 13-16 weekly
Auckland – Gisborne 23-24 weekly
Auckland – Invercargill 4 weekly
Auckland – Kerikeri 16-18 weekly
Auckland – Napier 36-37 weekly
Auckland – Nelson 32-45 weekly
Auckland – New Plymouth 24-25 weekly
Auckland – Palmerston North 36-37 weekly
Auckland – Queenstown 47-64 weekly
Auckland – Rotorua 10-11 weekly
Auckland – Tauranga 28-29 weekly
Auckland – Taupo 8-9 weekly
Auckland – Wellington 64-65 weekly
Auckland – Whangarei 17-18 weekly
Christchurch – Dunedin 25-28 weekly
Christchurch – Hamilton 15-21 weekly
Christchurch – Hokitika 8-9 weekly
Christchurch – Invercargill 20-27 weekly
Christchurch – Napier 15-20 weekly
Christchurch – Nelson 25-28 weekly
Christchurch – New Plymouth 7-11 weekly
Christchurch – Palmerston North 19-30 weekly
Christchurch – Queenstown 18-25 weekly
Christchurch – Rotorua 7-14 weekly
Christchurch – Tauranga 10-20 weekly
Christchurch – Wellington 66-78 weekly
Wellington – Blenheim 17-22 weekly
Wellington – Dunedin 19-26 weekly
Wellington – Gisborne 11 weekly
Wellington – Hamilton 27-29 weekly
Wellington – Invercargill 7-9 weekly
Wellington – Napier 16 weekly
Wellington – Nelson 33 weekly
Wellington – New Plymouth 16-17 weekly
Wellington – Queenstown 19-28 weekly
Wellington – Rotorua 16-17 weekly
Wellington – Tauranga 22-28 weekly
Wellington – Timaru 9-14 weekly
Published on 17.06.2020
Air New Zealand resumes Shanghai service from late-June 2020

Published on 15.06.2020
Air New Zealand announces flights to China amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns

Published on 10.06.2020

Air New Zealand resumes Tokyo service from late-June 2020

Sounds Air June/July 2020 operations as of 09JUN20

 

Published on 09.06.2020

Jetstar domestic New Zealand service resumption in July 2020

 

Published on 02.06.2020
Air New Zealand Domestic operations, eff. 01JUN20

Published on 28.05.2020
Air New Zealand July/August 2020 International operations as of 28MAY20

Published on 26.05.2020
Air Chathams resumes various Auckland routes from late-May 2020

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Open for travel from New Zealand
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter New Zealand. This includes holders of temporary entry visas and visa-waiver passengers, and passengers who have been issued a residence visa offshore and have not yet travelled to New Zealand on this visa.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of New Zealand, and those who are their immediate family (including partner, dependent children or legal guardian),
    • Nationals and permanent residents of Australia whose primary place of residence is New Zealand,
    • Crew members,
    • Passengers with approval issued by Immigration New Zealand.
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Flight Restrictions

published 22.06.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
– This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
– This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
– This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
– This does not apply to nationals of Australia and New Zealand.
– This does not apply to residents of New Zealand.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by New Zealand.
– Effective until 4 September 2020, this does not apply to nationals of Fiji returning directly via New Zealand to Fiji.
– Effective until 19 September 2020, this does not apply to passengers in Cook Isl., Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Isl., Samoa, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu, if they are returning via New Zealand to their country of residence.
3. Transit is only allowed for maximum 24 hours at Auckland (AKL).
4. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
– This does not apply to passengers in transit.
5. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to quarantine.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Anyone entering New Zealand is required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions- testing upon arrival

All arriving passengers will be required to complete a health registration form. Airlines are required to distribute the form and make cabin announcements.
Passengers with any COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, will be tested for COVID-19 and be placed in an approved quarantine facility for 14 days or until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

  • New Zealand Air New Zealand puts hold on new bookings for flights into country for three weeks (News 18, 08.07.2020). Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals. From 1 August 2020, pre-departure Coronavirus testing will be mandatory for flights with Emirates and Etihad airlines.
    New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption.
    There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process: partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents; Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand; essential health workers; other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government; Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel; New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand; critical humanitarian travel; maritime crew/ On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions].
    Anyone entering New Zealand is required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community. There are a few exceptional circumstances in which people can apply for an exemption from managed isolation. On 29 July, the New Zealand government announced the introduction of legislation that proposes charges for managed isolation for New Zealanders who enter temporarily, or who leave New Zealand after the regulations come into force.
    **Transit: Transit Visa Waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider]. nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta]. If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email. The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available at [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system [https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/]. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 [https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-system-overview/#alert-level-1-%E2%80%94-prepare] meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.govt.nz/]. The State of National Emergency has now been lifted.

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    29.07.2020
  • New Zealand Air New Zealand puts hold on new bookings for flights into country for three weeks (News 18. 08.07.2020). Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption. There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process: partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents; Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand
    essential health workers; other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government; Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel; New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
    critical humanitarian travel; maritime crew. On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions]. The website also includes information on how to submit a request for travel to New Zealand [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand]. A request for approval to travel to New Zealand can take up to two days to process.
    Anyone entering New Zealand is required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community. There are a few exceptional circumstances in which people can apply for an exemption from managed isolation. Visit the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for more information [https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-border-controls]
    .
    *****Transit:
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider] and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA for further detail [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta]. If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email. The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system [https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/]. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 [https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-system-overview/#alert-level-1-%E2%80%94-prepare] meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.govt.nz/]. The State of National Emergency has now been lifted.

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    22.07.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals, with border restrictions remaining in place
    New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption.
    There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process:
    Partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand.
    Essential health workers.
    Other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government.
    Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel.
    New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand.
    Critical humanitarian travel.
    Maritime crew.
    On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website.
    .
    *****Transit:
    On 19 June the general suspension on transit through New Zealand expired. From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The State of National Emergency has now been lifted. The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website. [https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/]

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    02.07.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.
    New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption.
    There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process:
    Partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand.
    Essential health workers.
    Other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government.
    Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel.
    New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand.
    Critical humanitarian travel.
    Maritime crew.
    On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website.
    .

    *****Transit:
    On 19 June the general suspension on transit through New Zealand expired. From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website [https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/]

    Read more
    29.06.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    *****International Restrictions:
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia and New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to residents of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by New Zealand.
    – Effective until 4 September 2020, this does not apply to nationals of Fiji returning directly via New Zealand to Fiji.
    – Effective until 19 September 2020, this does not apply to passengers in Cook Isl., Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Isl., Samoa, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu, if they are returning via New Zealand to their country of residence.
    3. Transit is only allowed for maximum 24 hours at Auckland (AKL).
    4. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply to passengers in transit.
    5. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to quarantine.

    *****Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website [https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/]

    Read more
    22.06.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    *****International Restrictions:
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of New Zealand and their immediate family members, if they are residing in Australia and transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Chile or Fiji and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Chile.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA , Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return directly to one of the above countries.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to first reach Canada, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Qatar or USA, in order to return to one of the above countries.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    *****Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The New Zealand Government has introduced a four-level national COVID-19 alert system. At 2359 local time on Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction. New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place and public health measures remain unchanged (wash hands and high-touch surfaces regularly, stay home if sick, and get tested if symptomatic). Full details on the New Zealand Government’s coronavirus national response alert system and the requirements for each level can be found on the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website [https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/]

    Read more
    17.06.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of New Zealand and their immediate family members, if they are residing in Australia and transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Chile or Fiji and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Chile.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA , Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return directly to one of the above countries.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to first reach Canada, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Qatar or USA, in order to return to one of the above countries.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    *****Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The State of National Emergency has now been lifted.
    On Monday 8 June 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 meaning people can gather and return to work, school, sports and domestic travel without restriction.

    Read more
    16.06.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of New Zealand and their immediate family members, if they are residing in Australia and transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Chile or Fiji and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Chile.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA , Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return directly to one of the above countries.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to first reach Canada, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Qatar or USA, in order to return to one of the above countries.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    11.06.2020
  • New Zealand Prime minister lifts COVID-19 measures from 9 June; border closure restrictions to remain (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of New Zealand and their immediate family members, if they are residing in Australia and transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Chile or Fiji and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Chile.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA , Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return directly to one of the above countries.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to first reach Canada, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Qatar or USA, in order to return to one of the above countries.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    09.06.2020
  • New Zealand 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of New Zealand and their immediate family members, if they are residing in Australia and transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Chile and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return to Chile.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA , Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to return directly to one of the above countries.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay and their immediate family members, if they are transiting through New Zealand to first reach Canada, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Qatar or USA, in order to return to one of the above countries.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    05.06.2020
  • New Zealand

    03.06.2020. Air New Zealand since 15MAY20 expanded interim operation on domestic routes, as New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. The expanded interim operation sees additional routes being added between 18MAY20 and 08JUN20. The following is planned domestic operations for the week of 14JUN20, as operational frequency varies week by week on selected routes.

    Auckland – Blenheim eff 01JUN20 8 weekly
    Auckland – Christchurch 42 weekly
    Auckland – Dunedin eff 18MAY20 7 weekly
    Auckland – Gisborne 14 weekly
    Auckland – Kerikeri 14 weekly
    Auckland – Napier 33 weekly
    Auckland – Nelson 32 weekly
    Auckland – New Plymouth 20 weekly

    Auckland – Palmerston North 34 weekly
    Auckland – Queenstown 22 weekly
    Auckland – Rotorua eff 25MAY20 7 weekly
    Auckland – Taupo eff 08JUN20 3 weekly
    Auckland – Tauranga 20 weekly
    Auckland – Wellington 39 weekly
    Auckland – Whangarei 14 weekly
    Christchurch – Dunedin 35 weekly
    Christchurch – Hamilton eff 18MAY20 14 weekly
    Christchurch – Hokitika eff 25MAY20 4 weekly
    Christchurch – Invercargill 26 weekly
    Christchurch – Nelson 23 weekly
    Christchurch – Palmerston North 21 weekly
    Christchurch – Queenstown 29 weekly
    Christchurch – Tauranga eff 01JUN20 9 weekly
    Christchurch – Wellington 51 weekly
    Wellington – Blenheim 19 weekly
    Wellington – Dunedin eff 01JUN20 7 weekly
    Wellington – Gisborne 7 weekly
    Wellington – Hamilton 26 weekly
    Wellington – Napier 19 weekly
    Wellington – Nelson 32 weekly
    Wellington – New Plymouth 19 weekly
    Wellington – Queenstown 3 weekly
    Wellington – Rotorua 19 weekly
    Wellington – Tauranga 20 weekly
    Wellington – Timaru eff 08JUN20 3 weekly

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    03.06.2020
  • New Zealand Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, family of citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, and air and marine crew, are barred from entering. Immigration authorities can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for: humanitarian reasons; healthcare and other essential workers;
    Samoa and Tonga nationals, for essential travel to New Zealand; the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand. All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, must complete a 14-day quarantine or managed isolation period at approved facilities upon arrival in the country. Arrivals assessed as being at high risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while other arrivals will stay in managed isolation facilities. All passengers (including New Zealand citizens) who have visited mainland China in the 14 days prior to arrival require special approval from New Zealand Immigration to travel. Cruise ships are banned from entry until 30 June. Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September. Travellers with a temporary visa expiring before 1 April who are unable to leave the country need to apply for a new interim visa online. Foreigners unable to leave the country can telephone 0508 754 163 for government-arranged temporary accommodation. The government has announced plans to work with various countries to arrange repatriation of foreign nationals. Information on current transit agreements between New Zealand and other countries is available on the government’s website. Further details on entry restrictions are also available on the government’s website.

    Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    01.06.2020
  • New Zealand Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, family of citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, and air and marine crew, are barred from entering. Immigration authorities can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for: humanitarian reasons; healthcare and other essential workers; Samoa and Tonga nationals, for essential travel to New Zealand; the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand.

    All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, must complete a 14-day quarantine or managed isolation period at approved facilities upon arrival in the country. Arrivals assessed as being at high risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while other arrivals will stay in managed isolation facilities. All passengers (including New Zealand citizens) who have visited mainland China in the 14 days prior to arrival require special approval from New Zealand Immigration to travel. Cruise ships are banned from entry until 30 June. Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September. Travellers with a temporary visa expiring before 1 April who are unable to leave the country need to apply for a new interim visa online. Foreigners unable to leave the country can telephone 0508 754 163 for government-arranged temporary accommodation. The government has announced plans to work with various countries to arrange repatriation of foreign nationals. Information on current transit agreements between New Zealand and other countries is available on the government’s website. Further details on entry restrictions are also available on the government’s website. Transit: New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    28.05.2020
  • New Zealand

    International restrictions:

    All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, family of citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, and air and marine crew, are barred from entering. Immigration authorities can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for: humanitarian reasons; healthcare and other essential workers; Samoa and Tonga nationals, for essential travel to New Zealand; the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand. All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, must complete a 14-day quarantine or managed isolation period at approved facilities upon arrival in the country. Arrivals assessed as being at high risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while other arrivals will stay in managed isolation facilities. All passengers (including New Zealand citizens) who have visited mainland China in the 14 days prior to arrival require special approval from New Zealand Immigration to travel. Cruise ships are banned from entry until 30 June. Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September. Travellers with a temporary visa expiring before 1 April who are unable to leave the country need to apply for a new interim visa online. Foreigners unable to leave the country can telephone 0508 754 163 for government-arranged temporary accommodation. The government has announced plans to work with various countries to arrange repatriation of foreign nationals. Information on current transit agreements between New Zealand and other countries is available on the government’s website. Further details on entry restrictions are also available on the government’s website. Transit: New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been lifted. The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms are gradually reopening. Schools and bars can open. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place.

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    27.05.2020
  • New Zealand

    International restrictions:

    All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, family of citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, and air and marine crew, are barred from entering. Immigration authorities can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for: humanitarian reasons; healthcare and other essential workers; Samoa and Tonga nationals, for essential travel to New Zealand; the holder of a visitor visa who is the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder and who normally lives in New Zealand and is currently in New Zealand. All passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, must complete a 14-day quarantine or managed isolation period at approved facilities upon arrival in the country. Arrivals assessed as being at high risk of COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine facilities, while other arrivals will stay in managed isolation facilities. All passengers (including New Zealand citizens) who have visited mainland China in the 14 days prior to arrival require special approval from New Zealand Immigration to travel. Cruise ships are banned from entry until 30 June. Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September. Travellers with a temporary visa expiring before 1 April who are unable to leave the country need to apply for a new interim visa online. Foreigners unable to leave the country can telephone 0508 754 163 for government-arranged temporary accommodation. The government has announced plans to work with various countries to arrange repatriation of foreign nationals. Information on current transit agreements between New Zealand and other countries is available on the government’s website. Further details on entry restrictions are also available on the government’s website. Transit: New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms will reopen. School will resume from 18 May and bars can open from 21 May. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate. Physical distancing and contact registers where required will remain in place until further notice. A state of emergency has been lifted since 14 May with immediate effect. International flights are only available from Auckland, though domestic flights are available from Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson. Travellers are allowed on the domestic flight if they hold a ticket for an international flight scheduled to depart no more than 24 hours from the departure time of connecting domestic flights. In addition to having the right to transit through all the countries in the itinerary. This measure remains in place until 13 May.

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    19.05.2020
  • New Zealand

    Internal restrictions:

    The country has transitioned into Alert Level 2 since 13 May.
    Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms will reopen. School will resume from 18 May and bars can open from 21 May. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted but travellers have to keep note of services used and close contacts during movement. Public transport such as buses and trains will be allowed with no more than 50% occupancy rate.
    A state of emergency has been lifted since 14 May with immediate effect.
    International flights are only available from Auckland, though domestic flights are available from Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson. Travellers are allowed on the domestic flight if they hold a ticket for an international flight scheduled to depart no more than 24 hours from the departure time of connecting domestic flights. In addition to having the right to transit through all the countries in the itinerary. This measure remains in place until 13 May.

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    14.05.2020
  • New Zealand Government extends State of National Emergency until 27 April (Reuters, 20.04.2020). On 9 April 2020, the Government announced that anyone entering the country will be required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter New Zealand. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau). – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand. – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand. 2. Passengers are not allowed to transit New Zealand. – Passengers, subject to Government agreement, are allowed to transit New Zealand. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia transiting through New Zealand with final destination Australia and their immediate family members. 3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival. – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand. – This does not apply to airline crew. 4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation. Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September, which will be in effect from 2 April. Transit: New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand. Those requirements include that transiting passengers: Must remain airside; Cannot enter New Zealand; Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight; Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    While the country is still under ‘Alert Level 3’, it will transition to ‘Alert Level 2’ with further ease in restrictions from 14 May. Most businesses, including retail, malls, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds and gyms will reopen. School will resume from 18 May and bars can open from 21 May. However, gatherings of more than ten people remain banned. Domestic travel, including for tourism, will be permitted. A state of emergency is in place until 13 May. International flights are only available from Auckland, though domestic flights are available from Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson. Travellers are allowed on the domestic flight if they hold a ticket for an international flight scheduled to depart no more than 24 hours from the departure time of connecting domestic flights. In addition to having the right to transit through all the countries in the itinerary. This measure remains in place until 13 May.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://nz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • New Zealand Government extends State of National Emergency until 27 April (Reuters, 20.04.2020). On 9 April 2020, the Government announced that anyone entering the country will be required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Isl., Niue, Tokelau).
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident visa and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats residing in New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand.
    2. Passengers are not allowed to transit New Zealand.
    – Passengers, subject to Government agreement, are allowed to transit New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Australia transiting through New Zealand with final destination Australia and their immediate family members.
    3. Passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival.
    – This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    4. Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not subject to mandatory isolation.

    Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September, which will be in effect from 2 April.

    Transit:
    New Zealand has entered into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand.
    Those requirements include that transiting passengers:
    Must remain airside;
    Cannot enter New Zealand;
    Have a maximum ten-hour window to leave on their onward flight;
    Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; and
    Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been extended until 29 April. Alert Level 4 means people are instructed to stay at home, schools, universities and non-essential businesses are closed, a major re-prioritisation of health services, and severely limited travel.
    From 28 April, the country will transition into an ‘Alert Level 3’ with more relaxed restrictions until at least 11 May, when the authorities will further assess the situation. Under ‘Alert Level 3’, businesses and schools can reopen, provide they maintain social distancing measures. However, inter-regional travel will be limited to those on essential business.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Bus services have resumed in full, and trains services will resume from Monday, 4 May. Ferry services won’t resume until alert level 2. (Media, 03.05.2020)

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    10.05.2020
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