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New Zealand is dropping its COVID testing requirements to enter sooner than expected

It's been a huge waiting game for those hoping to visit New Zealand, but borders reopened on 2 May. Now, there's even more good news, with pre-departure Covid tests being dropped for all arrivals.

Published by
C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe·20/06/2022

It was announced on the New Zealand government website that pre-departure Covid tests for all international arrivals is ending on 21 June, as part of its 5-step border-opening plan.

In a statement, the government said: “The challenges predeparture tests pose to visitors are now no longer outweighed by the public health benefits."

What does this mean?

If your flight departs to New Zealand after 11.59pm on 20 June, you will not need any pre-departure Covid test to gain entry to the country.

Do I need anything else to get into New Zealand?

Yes, you still need to be fully vaccinated and take two lateral flow tests, one on the day you land and one in five/six days after.

Where can I get the latest entry information

The Foreign Office website has yet to update its travel advice for New Zealand. You can also check the New Zealand government website to see the full detail on their entry requirements.

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