6 Jan 2022

Covid-19: Changes to pre-departure testing to come into effect from tomorrow

3:41 pm on 6 January 2022

The changes to pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements to enter New Zealand will come into effect from tomorrow.

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Some travellers, where obtaining a PCR test is hard or not possible, will be able to instead show their negative result via rapid antigen test. (file image) Photo: 123RF

Last month, the government announced that people coming into the country will have to show a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of departure, instead of within 72 hours.

But the Ministry of Health has also revealed today that the acting director-general of health has given a temporary exemption for people coming from 105 countries and jurisdictions.

In those areas, obtaining a PCR test may be difficult or not possible, so travellers can instead provide proof of a negative result via a rapid antigen test or loop-mediated isothermal amplification test within 24 hours of departure.

The ministry said all tests must be supervised by a health professional, which includes pharmacists, and verified in writing in the jurisdiction of origin.

The places for which the PCR exemption applies are available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

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