Take a look at this week’s testing and travel exemption update



From Friday 15 January 2021, travellers arriving on all flights from the UK and US must have had a negative test result for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their departure.


Details of Acceptable Testing:

RT-PCR tests, LAMP and viral antigen tests will all be accepted for pre-departure testing.

All tests must be processed at a laboratory.

A hard copy or electronic copy of the test result from an accredited laboratory will be acceptable documentation of a negative test.

Upon arrival in New Zealand you will be required to produce proof of your negative test result to a Customs officer during your passport processing. Either a hard copy or an electronic copy will be accepted.


Pre-departure Testing Exemptions

Children under two years (24 months) will be exempt from pre-departure testing.

People who can present a medical certificate as a past recovered case of COVID-19 will also be exempt, if they are considered no longer infectious.


Extensions for Transiting Passengers, Cancelled and Delayed Flights, and Late Test Results

Passengers transiting through the UK and US for not more than 96 hours before departing for New Zealand will be exempt for now from pre-departure testing.

INZ have also decided that in rare cases, the requirement of a test 72 hours in advance may be extended to 96 hours if a person’s flight has been delayed or cancelled, or test results haven’t been received in time. In this situation, the flight must be rescheduled or rebooked to depart within 24 hours.