In view of the spread of the new Covid-19 strain, New Zealand announced that it will require international travelers to present a negative COVID-19 report before boarding.
Country’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement, “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it is clear that most global air routes will be of critical concern for the foreseeable future.”
Hipkins said pre-departure testing requirements would soon be rolled out to all countries and territories except Australia, Antarctica, and some Pacific island nations.
- However, travelers will still need to complete the 14-day quarantine and undergo a test upon arrival in New Zealand.
The closure of borders and a strict national lockdown during the early stages of the pandemic have helped New Zealand keep the numbers relatively low, with just over 1,800 confirmed cases and 25 deaths since the pandemic began.