In line with Australia and the UK, New Zealand suspended arrivals from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique from midnight on 28 November 2021. Governments worldwide continue to monitor the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Many major airlines have ceased flying from South Africa at this time however many flights returning to South Africa are still operating.

GHS will keep you updated as the situation evolves.



Critical health and disability workers who have a job offer and can legally work in New Zealand are eligible to enter New Zealand without staying in MIQ from the following times:

  • From 11.59pm (NZT) 16 January 2022 onwards if you’re fully vaccinated, travelling from Australia, and have stayed in Australia for at least 14 days before travelling.
  • From 11.59pm (NZT) 13 February 2022 onwards if you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from all other countries.


If you plan to enter New Zealand after these dates, you will be required to do the following:

  • produce a negative pre-departure test within 72 hours prior to boarding
  • provide evidence of being fully vaccinated
  • submit a declaration of required information (using Nau Mai Rā), including that you have not been in a Very High-Risk Country in the past 14 days;
  • take a day 0/1 COVID test on arrival
  • self-isolate at home for 7 days, and
  • produce a negative day 5/6 test prior to release from self isolation


Travellers who do not meet the requirements above will still need to enter MIQ for 7 days, followed by 3 days in self isolation, with negative tests at Day 0/1, Day 3 and Day 5/6 in MIQ and at Day 9 in self-isolation.