The government of New Zealand has reopened the country’s borders to visa waiver travelers.

Key Points:

  • As of May 2, individuals can enter New Zealand if they are classified as a visa waiver traveler, hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) (when required) and meet COVID-19 health requirements.
  • Those classified as visa wavier travelers include individuals from a visa waiver country; Australian citizens, permanent residents or return visa holders; and a limited number of others.
  • Travelers must have an NZeTA unless they are a New Zealand citizen or qualify for an NZeTA exemption.
  • Those who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and meet pre-departure testing requirements to enter New Zealand. COVID-19 vaccination requirements are available here. Pre-departure testing requirements are available here.

BAL Analysis: While traveling to New Zealand should be easier for some in the coming months, entry restrictions and health protocols can change with little or no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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