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This article was published on March 18, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.
As of January 2022, New Zealand has some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions for traveling in the world. Only citizens and holders of residential visas can enter and leave New Zealand.
However, New Zealand is reopening its borders in the foreseeable future. Please scroll to the “Who cannot enter New Zealand?” section to see what countries New Zealand is to be open to.
Camper van travel trip in New Zealand — ShutterstockCurrently, you can only travel to New Zealand for a critical purpose — Shutterstock
Currently, if you are not a citizen of New Zealand, you have to fall under critical purposes to travel:
Concerning foreign travelers, as of April 2022, New Zealand is open only to residents of the following countries via the “Quarantine Free” program:
The first thing all travelers have to do is to complete the Health Declaration Form before departing to New Zealand.
Please note that all the information about documents presented below refers to you only if your reasons to travel are on the list above.
As for vaccination, New Zealand accepts 29 vaccine drugs. It is sufficient to have at least one dose of any vaccine 14 days before arriving in New Zealand to be considered vaccinated.
If you are unvaccinated, please present the following document:
Currently, New Zealand citizens and residents can enter New Zealand. If you are a foreigner, you must have a compelling reason to travel.
As of April 2022, residents of the following countries can enter New Zealand via the “Quarantine Free” program:
From April 12, 2022 borders are to be open to Australian travelers. 
From May 1, 2022, so called “visa waivers” will be able to enter New Zealand from the following countries:
From July 2022, travelers using the Accredited Employer Work Visa will be able to enter New Zealand.
From October 2022, all visa categories will be reopened to visit New Zealand.
Can I leave New Zealand?
New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. Additionally, the New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to “do not travel” — the highest level — for all destinations except the Cook Islands. Still, citizens of other countries can leave New Zealand if following the requirements of their destination country. 
Please be aware that COVID-19 tests can be required from vaccinated travelers in some countries.
Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents: 
As of January 2022, COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is safe compared to many countries of the world. Over 76% of the total population has been vaccinated.
Digital vaccine passport for COVID-19 displayed on smart phone and New Zealand passport — ShutterstockVaccinated citizens and residents are exempt from quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand — Shutterstock

International travel to New Zealand is safe (however, not permitted for tourism). Please make sure to follow basic COVID-19 regulations concerning masks and present all the necessary documents.
Currently, Wellington is not open for tourism. 
As of April 2022, travelers no longer need to undergo quarantine in special accomodation. Instead of this, all travelers receive a pack with two antigen tests. They have to:
So far, foreign travelers can install the My Vaccine Pass app to attach their vaccination proof and be able to enter all massive events and businesses in New Zealand. Although from April 4, 2022, visitors no longer have to present it, particular businesses can still use this system if they consider it necessary.
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