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New Zealand: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/Region

Updated on 13:31, Apr 20, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into New ZealandEntry prohibited
Detailed Regulations
From April 19, 2021, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering New Zealand. This policy does not apply lawful residents holding valid travel documents, partners or dependent children of New Zealand nationals or residents who hold a valid visa based on this status, persons traveling aboard special quarantine-free flights from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue, and diplomats posted to New Zealand, provided any such persons have not visited India within 14 days of their scheduled departure for New Zealand. All persons (including New Zealand nationals) who, within 14 days of the scheduled departure, have visited India are prohibited from entering New Zealand. All other non-nationals and non-residents who do not fall into one of the aforementioned categories must obtain approval from New Zealand immigration authorities prior to boarding flights bound for New Zealand. Separate restrictions apply to persons seeking to transit New Zealand for final destinations abroad. All travelers should consult the latest information regarding restrictions on transit prior to finalizing travel arrangements.

All persons (including New Zealand nationals and transit passengers) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), or antigen test. This policy provides exemptions for children under 2 years of age and persons traveling from the following locations: Antarctica, Australia, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna. All arriving persons (including New Zealand nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility upon arrival. This policy does not apply to persons arriving aboard special quarantine-free flights from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue. Additional information and request forms for travel to New Zealand are available at the following URL: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Quarantine
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
Visa Services
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. 

From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
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