New Zealand: Pre-Departure Testing, Booster Shot Requirements and Changes to MIQ 

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Adjustments in pre-departure testing requirements 
  • Changes to Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) 
  • Vaccination requirements updated for border workers and health care workers  


The government of New Zealand will adjust COVID-19 measures and change its re-opening plans. The following changes will take place beginning in 2022: 

Pre-Departure Testing Requirements  

  • Pre-departure test requirements will be shortened from 72 hours to 48 hours prior to departure to New Zealand; 
  • The stay period for those in MIQ will be increased from seven days to 10 days with all 10 days spent in a MIQ facility for all travelers regardless of vaccination status; 
  • Non-MIQ travel will be delayed until the end of Feb. 2022 

Booster Shot Requirements  

  • All border and eligible health care workers will be required to have a COVID-19 booster shot by the end of Jan. 2022; 
  • All other workers under the vaccination mandate will be required to have a COVID-19 booster shot by 1 Mar. 2022; 

Risk Level Assessments  

  • All countries are being removed from the Very High-Risk country list; 
  • Will initiate more strict internal restrictions if the omicron variant becomes more prevalent  

What are the Changes? 

The government of New Zealand has announced a number of changes in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the omicron variant. These changes impact MIQ and the vaccination requirements for workers under the vaccination mandate.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

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