COVID19 Policy

COVID 19

Shore Travel follows the travel advisories issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which are published on their website: www.safetravel.govt.nz

If you would like information on what is expected as a traveller being required to self-isolate please click here for advice from the Ministry of Health.

Currently there is a travel advisory of ‘do not travel’ due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the associated health risks and travel restrictions".

For health information, travellers are recommended to read the information provided on the New Zealand Ministry of Health website. Full travel advice on SafeTravel can also be found here. Further information is available on the websites of WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

International Border Update: 21 December, 2021


The government has announced changes to New Zealand's international border re-opening plan to minimise the risk of Omicron entering the country. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The start of non-MIQ travel, originally set for 16 Jan 2022 for Kiwis returning from Australia, has been pushed out to the end of February. 
  • There is a temporary change to MIQ with the length of stay increasing from 7 days to 10 days for all travellers, with no self-isolation component 
  • The pre -departure test requirement to enter NZ will be reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours before travel 
  • Everyone on an international flight with a positive case to be treated as a close contact 
  • All countries removed from Very High-Risk country list 


For more information, please visit: HERE

From 30 April, all fully-vaccinated foreign nationals will be able to travel to New Zealand, with the re-opening staged over time (possibly staged by visa category)

For further details refer to the official covid updates or get in touch with your Travel Manager. 

Current Restrictions remain until 16 January

 

Travel Bubbles  

As New Zealand operates a “bubble” with other countries, it does comes with a traveller warning - "flyer beware".  It is important to note before you travel you MUST complete the Travel Declaration, at least 72 hours before travel.  

A traffic light system lays out what New Zealanders could be expected to do if there's an outbreak in the country you choose to visit.

Please note that you are unable to rely on the government to come your financial aid if you get stranded. Shore Travel will outline to you all cancellation and administration fees that you may incur at the time of your booking confirmation, should a lock down occur whilst you are overseas.  

We strongly recommend that you take a fully comprehensive travel insurance policy for your protection and peace of mind. As us for full details on what aspects of travel are covered in relation to COVID-19.

Whilst Shore travel have made you booking reservation and check the requirements for travel on your behalf, we cannot be held responsible for government entry or quarantine requirements, and we recommend you check these up until departure to ensure all passengers have the right to enter their final destination.

FIJI
On Sunday 10 October, the Fiji government announced that Fiji will open it's borders to New Zealand and other countries from 1 December. New Zealand does not currently offer a quarantine-free return to New Zealand. 
 
The Fiji government has announced requirements for all travellers to Fiji to be fully vaccinated, with pre-departure test before departing. All passengers will also require a test 40 hours after arrival, with the requirement to isolate in their hotel until this is completed. 
 
For the most up-to-date information on entering Fiji, please see http://www.fiji.travel/covid-19/travelling-to-fiji. 
 
 
AUSTRALIA
To travel from New Zealand to Australia on a quarantine-free flight, you must meet the criteria set by the Australian Government. New Zealand does not currently offer a quarantine-free return to New Zealand.  


The current guidelines state that you must have been in New Zealand for a minimum of 14 days to enter Australia quarantine-free. Please be aware that restrictions may change at any time and normal visa entry requirements apply. 
 
Before you travel to Australia, you will need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.
 
Each Australian state has their own additional travel declaration form that needs to be filled out. Both forms must be completed before travel to enter without hassle. 

As of 22 October Air NZ have advised that only red-zone flights – which require passengers to quarantine for 14 days – from Auckland are flying to Australia. Green channel flights from the South Island across the Tasman will be delayed for the foreseeable future.
 
COOK ISLANDS
The two-way quarantine free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will resume on 14 January 2022 (NZ time). 

All visitors must be aged 12 years & over & must be fully vaccinated or provide a certified medical exemption. 

All travellers will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure to the Cook Islands. These requirements are correct at time of publication & are subject to government updates & changes. Ensure you meet the current COVID-19 travel regulations & advisories for your departure point, destination, & any transit points prior to booking.

For travel to the Cook Islands from New Zealand, please check Cook Islands Travel Advisory or the Cook Islands and New Zealand Government COVID-19 websites or speak to your Travel Specialist for government requirements prior to booking. 

Domestic New Zealand

From 14 December 2021, Air New Zealand customers will be required to show proof of either full vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative pre-departure test before checking into a domestic flight. 

 Book with Confidence*

  • ShoreTravel are Accredited Travel Advisors (A.T.A), and can provide the latest advice on Covid Travel bubble requirements.
  • Trained Travel Insurance Advisers. To ensure that you are totally covered for your travel in a Covid environment, ask our Shore Travel for details of our Allianz and Cover-More Travel Insurance offers.
  • Flexible booking conditions. Wherever possible ShoreTravel’s approved suppliers will provide date change flexibility or refunds to assist in the event of a Covid related border closure.

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