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The New Zealand government revealed its plan to reopen the country's borders on 3 February. The plan established a five-step approach for reopening borders starting on February 28, 2022, with the first phase allowing New Zealanders to return from Australia and then from the rest of the globe.
Summary in a table:
|Step-1||From 11.59pm, Sunday 27 February 2022||
|Step-2||From 11:59 pm, Sunday 13 March 2022||
|Step-3||From 11:59 pm, Tuesday 12 April 2022||
|Step-4||By July 2022||
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.
Based on Education New Zealand's analysis, there are a few key points from an international education perspective:
Although the plan doesn't allow everyone to enter immediately, it gives students greater certainty to plan their further studies.
There are various stages that apply to different visa holders, if you wish to discuss further details please contact us.
For more information:
New Zealand progressively reopens borders for international students in 2022 with new start in 2023 (media release from ENZ)
Border to reopen in stages from 27 February (announcement from the Ministers for COVID-19 Response and Immigration)
When New Zealand's borders open (information on the Unite Against Covid website)