11 Aug 2021

Covid-19: Indonesia and Fiji designated as very high risk - govt

1:01 pm on 11 August 2021

Indonesia and Fiji have been designated as very high risk, which limits travel from them to New Zealand, Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins says.

Nadi International Airport, Fiji

Nadi International Airport in Fiji. Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

As of 11.59pm NZ time on 15 August 2021, travel to New Zealand from Indonesia and Fiji will be restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens (together with any children of those parents who are not New Zealand citizens), the government announced.

Travellers rom Indonesia and Fiji who meet these restrictions will be required to spend MIQ for 14 days here when they arrive.

Those from Indonesia will also be required to have evidence of a negative pre-departure test taken with 72 hours of travel from a government-approved laboratory.

People coming from Fiji will continue to be exempt from requirements of pre-departure testing.

All other travellers, including New Zealand residents, will be required to spend 14 days outside of Indonesia before travelling to New Zealand.

Other countries considered very high risk by the New Zealand government include India, Brazil, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

The category was created in April this year to reduce the risk of possible transmission, and is particularly important as countries deal with the Delta variant, Hipkins said.

"Currently there are more than 24,000 active cases of Covid-19 in Fiji, with the outbreak which began in April continuing to escalate. Public health advice suggests steps must be taken now to minimise the risk of Covid-19 entering unimpeded through our border."

"We know this reclassification may disrupt some travellers' plans and cause some disappointment. However this is necessary to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of New Zealanders."

People will still be able to fly from Fiji and transit in New Zealand before flying on to other countries if they stay airside on arrival and the transit is less and 24 hours.