Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the full reopening of New Zealand’s borders today (11.05.22).
The 31 July date is two months earlier than had been previously announced.
Travellers will still need to meet all health requirements to enter New Zealand, including vaccination requirements and providing proof of a negative pre-departure test.
For full details on who can travel to New Zealand, visit Immigration New Zealand(opens in new window).
Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said the decision to bring the final border opening date forward allowed New Zealand to fully reconnect to the world of international tourists and business travellers in time for the traditional peak visitor season.
“Our wider tourism sector is on the way to recovery. We will be fully open to the world in mid-winter, traditionally our quietest period for visitors. Bringing forward the date allows prospective travellers to apply for visitor visas well ahead of time before taking the next step to book a flight or a cruise for future travel,” Stuart Nash said.
“Today’s announcement means it’s full steam ahead for the industry who can plan with certainty for the rest of the year and beyond.”