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New pre-departure COVID testing requirement

The new testing requirement comes into play from tonight. File photo.

From 11.59pm tonight, travellers from the United States and United Kingdom will be required to produce a negative test result for COVID-19 upon landing in New Zealand.

Travellers will be required to provide evidence of their pre-departure test result as they go through Customs, says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

"This measure is in addition to travellers arriving from the United States and the United Kingdom requiring a COVID-19 test on day 0/1 and needing to stay in their rooms until a test result is available, i.e. testing within 24 hours of arriving into managed isolation.

"Pre-departure testing will soon be expanded to include all countries excluding Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Island nations.

"These additional requirements have been put in place to further strengthen our border, to protect New Zealand from COVID-19 and new emerging variants."

More detailed information for travellers can be found on the United Against COVID-19 website.

New COVID cases at the border

There are 18 new cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand since Wednesday.

Two of these cases are classified as historical and deemed not infectious, says the MOH.

There are no new cases in the community.

Of the new border cases:

New border case details

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

26 Dec

South Africa

United Arab Emirates

Around day 18/contact of a case

Auckland

Note: The above case is within a travel bubble of a previously confirmed case reported on 31 Dec. The above case has been in the Auckland quarantine facility since the contact case was detected.

31 Dec

UK

United Arab Emirates

Around day 12/routine testing

Auckland

31 Dec

United States

 

Around day 12/routine testing

Christchurch

Note: The above case has been classified as historical as this person returned a weak positive result and a separate serology test result indicates they have previously been unwell with COVID-19.

3 Jan

Bahrain

United Arab Emirates

Around day 12/routine testing

Auckland

6 Jan

Russia

Singapore

Around day 6/contact of a case

Christchurch

Russia

Singapore

Around day 6/contact of a case

Christchurch

Note: The above two cases are part of the group of international mariners. In total, 19 positive COVID-19 cases have been identified in this group: nine are deemed historical and ten are active cases.

7 Jan

United States

 

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

Note: The above case has been classified as historical as this person has returned a weak positive test and a separate serology test result indicates they have previously been unwell with COVID-19.

7 Jan

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Around day 6/routine testing

Auckland

9 Jan

United Arab Emirates

 

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

9 Jan

Italy

United Arab Emirates

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

9 Jan

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

9 Jan

South Africa

United Arab Emirates

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

10 Jan

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

10 Jan

Malaysia

Singapore

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

Singapore

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

Singapore

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

Singapore

Around day 3/routine testing

Auckland

Note: The above four cases belong to same family bubble

11 Jan

United States

 

Around day 0/routine testing

Christchurch

Four cases have now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 76. Our total number of confirmed cases is 1890.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,457,076.

"Over the summer break the Ministry of Health continues to encourage people with any COVID-19 symptoms to get assessed for testing by contacting their doctor or calling Healthline.

"Healthline is free and available 24/7. Medical professionals are best placed to assess whether a test is needed."

NZ COVID Tracer

NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,443,320 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 152,965,461 and users have now created more than 6,179,816 manual diary entries.
 

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