Have you heard the latest news? New Zealand is planning to open its borders to all international visitors by end of July 2022! ? That gives us plenty of time to get everything ready: our vaccination, itinerary, and of course, our luggage bags?? And if you're Singaporean, we've got even better news: you're already eligible to head over as of 1 May 2022! If you're already excited to head to picturesque landscapes, rich cultures and of course, kiwis, we've got your back. Here's everything you need to know about heading to New Zealand from Singapore!
Travelling To New Zealand From SG
1. Covid-19 Tests
All travellers must have proof of negative pre-departure COVID before entering New Zealand. You can take either a PCR test, ART test or LAMP test.
- PCR tests should be taken no more than 48 hours before departure.
- Rapid Antigen Tests (ART) should be taken no more than 24 hours before departure
- Supervised loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests should also be taken no more than 24 hours before departure.
Once you've arrived in New Zealand, you are required to take 2 COVID-19 ART tests.
- The first test should be taken on day 0 or day 1 of arrival.
- The second test is to be taken on day 5 or day 6 of arrival.
Not to worry about bringing your own ART tests, though! Travellers will be provided with a pack and instructions upon arrival.
2. Vaccination Status
In order to enter New Zealand, you need to be vaccinated. There are three ways you will be considered vaccinated in New Zealand:
- Complete any course of the MedSafe or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines
- Complete course of any other government-approved vaccines, and 1 dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Janssen
- Receive a single dose of any other government-approved vaccines and 1 dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Janssen
Do note that your last vaccination dose should be administered at least 14 days before you arrive in New Zealand.
3. Isolation Requirements
The best news of the day: Singapore passport holders need not self-isolate in New Zealand from 1 May 2022 onward! ?
4. Visas & Travel Declarations
To visit New Zealand, Singaporeans don't need a visa! ? All you have to do is complete the New Zealand Traveler Declaration before departure to New Zealand. Before filling up the declaration, though, here are a few important things to note:
- Travellers can start filling up the New Zealand Traveler Declaration 28 days before departure
- However, you can only submit the form once you have uploaded your pre-departure test. This can be done by revisiting the form 24 or 48 hours before departure.
- Once the form is filled, submitted, and approved, travellers will receive a Traveler Pass (a QR Code).
The QR Code should be saved in your phone or printed and kept with you at all times, as you will be required to show it upon check-in at the airport, and again at Customs on arrival in New Zealand!
Things you'll need to prepare before filling up the declaration include:
- Contact details
- Passport details
- Vaccination status
- Covid-19 results
So be sure you have those ready! ?
New Zealand's mask rules are similar to Singapore's mask rules, so it won't be a complete concern while travelling! As a general rule, masks are to be worn indoors or when it is hard to physically distance yourself from people you do not know. ?
And there you have it! Everything you need to travel to New Zealand. If you're interested in finding out more about travelling to New Zealand, check out these articles!
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