New Zealand Open Borders for Malaysians from July 2022
Good news! The New Zealand government has announced its five step plan to re-open New Zealand borders starting from 27 February 2022. This is their masterplan to open New Zealand borders progressively and Malaysians can travel down south from July 2022 under Step 4 as part of visitors from countries who do not need a visa (visa waiver visitors).
If you want to understand more about New Zealand Five Step plan to reopen borders, you can visit New Zealand immigration website at: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/border-entry-requirements
Here are some of the requirements for Malaysians and other travelers to visit New Zealand.
While you do not have to enter MIQ at each step, you must meet some health requirements, including:
- You must provide a negative pre-departure test.
- You must meet vaccination requirements.
- You will self-isolate for a period of time after you arrive.
- You must do 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) during your self-isolation period on day 0/1 and day 5/6 and declare your results.
Self-isolation is only available for fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter New Zealand.
Travellers must self-isolate for 10 days in New Zealand. If New Zealand’s self-isolation period changes, such as a drop to 7 days, the self-isolation period for travellers will also change.
Travellers will be provided three rapid antigen tests at the airport, one for use on day 0/1, and one for use on day 5/6, with one extra for backup.
Anyone who tests positive will need to take a PCR test at a Community Testing Centre or GP for whole genome sequencing in order to quickly identify and respond to new variants coming across the border.
We will provide more information about self-isolation requirements when it is available.
As always, please understand the risk of traveling during this time and make sure you have purchased COVID-19 insurance to protect yourself. It is official, New Zealand Open Borders for Malaysians from July 2022.
If you plan to visit New Zealand from July 2022, make sure you check their updates often at: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/border-entry-requirements
On a side note, we never visited New Zealand and it remains one of our travel bucket list. We hope to visit this beautiful country one day. Please take care and travel safe.