New Zealand will lift all self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated citizens and eligible visa holders entering the country from Australia starting from 23.59 on March 2.
This will be extended to vaccinated New Zealanders and eligible travellers from anywhere else in the world from 23.59 on March 4. Entry settings for all other travellers will be reviewed in the coming months.
Travellers will still be required to produce a negative pre-departure test, and undertake two rapid antigen tests on arrival and on day 5/6. Travellers who return a positive result will be required to report it and isolate for the same period as a community case.
Managed isolation will remain for unvaccinated New Zealanders and some community cases.
Breaking the news on February 28, prime minister Jacinda Ardern recognised that the move was “a huge milestone for our tourism sector and regional economies”.