Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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SAFETRAVEL NZ - 21 April 2021

Pre-departure COVID-19 test for all travellers to New Zealand

The Government requires travellers to New Zealand from all countries (except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands) to provide evidence of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result before departure. This requirement came into force at 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January.

Travellers to New Zealand coming from the United Kingdom and United States have already been required to show a negative pre-departure test result since 11:59pm (NZT) on 15 January 2021.

The test adds to the measures for travellers from higher risk destinations which came into force on 1 January (day zero/day one testing and stay in their MIQ room requirement until a negative test). All travellers will still need to go into 14 days managed isolation upon arrival in New Zealand and undertake the usual COVID-19 testing.

For further information on pre-departure testing measures, please refer to the Unite against COVID-19 website.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit www.health.govt.nz.

For more information about managed isolation and quarantine, please visit the  MIQ website.

Associated Advisories:
See the United Kingdom travel advisory
See the Unites States of America travel advisory

Source: SafeTravel NZ | Updated: 26 Jan 2021, 10:53 | https://safetravel.govt.nz/news/pre-departure-covid-19-test-all-travellers-new-zealand

Do Not Travel Overseas At This Time

SafeTravel NZ currently advises that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are until they can return home.

Many countries and territories around the world have imposed strict travel restrictions and airline travel has been severely disrupted.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. While some countries and territories have reopened their borders to tourists, any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict travel restrictions could also be imposed suddenly. In many places the options for New Zealanders to return home to New Zealand or travel onward to another destination have reduced significantly and you may not be able to travel as planned.

The Government is committed to continuing to assist New Zealanders overseas where they can. The international situation is complex and can change quickly, and some things are out of their control. Government assisted departure (repatriation) flights should not be relied upon to get home.

Government recognises that not all New Zealanders who want to return home are able to do so. New Zealanders who cannot return home for the time being should take steps to stay safely where they are.

Please note that in some cases the ability of the New Zealand Government to provide consular assistance may be limited due to local restrictions on movement and other services.

Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. Be aware that you may be placed in quarantine, be required to self-isolate or be subject to strict movement restrictions. Your travel insurance may be affected by COVID-19. Contact your travel insurer if you have questions or concerns about whether you are covered by your insurance policy for any potential COVID-19 related expenses. Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays.

'Do not travel' advisory was issued on 19 March 2020. It currently applies to all overseas destinations except for Australia (due to the quarantine-free travel arrangement between Australia and New Zealand). If you choose to travel overseas despite this advice, individual destination pages remain an essential source of information on specific risks and contact information in that destination.

Update on Croatia
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/croatia

Update on Italy
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/italy

Update on Slovenia
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/slovenia

If you are considering overseas travel at this time you should be aware that:

▪ you may be subject to strict movement restrictions or other health measures imposed by local authorities at short notice
▪ you may be required to undertake a period of quarantine at designated facilities and at your own cost
▪ your access to health care may be limited due to capacity issues
▪ your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses
▪ you may be required to stay in your location for longer than you had planned and be able to meet ongoing living costs to support yourself
▪ in some places Government may have limited capacity to offer you consular assistance.

Advice for New Zealanders currently overseas​
 SafeTravel NZ's most up to date advice on returning home can be found here. For information on border restrictions see the Immigration New Zealand website. You can also call Immigration New Zealand on 0508 225 288 (within New Zealand) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside New Zealand).

Pre-departure testing requirements
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found at the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

All travellers are also required to undertake managed isolation and quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand.

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) requirements in New Zealand

Detailed information about New Zealand's isolation requirements and facilities can be found on the New Zealand Government’s MIQ website. This includes information about what happens when you arrive in New Zealand, what to expect when you arrive at a managed isolation facility, information about your room, meals, exercise and health checks, and information about charges for managed isolation.

In addition to providing a negative pre-departure test result, all travellers entering New Zealand are required to:

▪ Hold a managed isolation voucher, secured via the new allocation system. If you do not hold a voucher, you will be refused boarding.
▪ go into ‘managed isolation’ in a government-provided facility (hotel), or
▪ if you have COVID-19 symptoms, go into a quarantine facility (separate hotel). 

You will need to stay there for at least 14 days. This will prevent any further unmanaged COVID-19 infection coming into New Zealand. You can’t self-isolate at home, or take a domestic flight before the 14-day period is completed.

About COVID-19

New Zealand has a 4-level COVID-19 Alert System. Each Alert Level tells us what measures we need to take in New Zealand. For information about the current New Zealand Alert Level(s), please refer to the New Zealand Government’s Unite Against COVID-19 website.

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of cases of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan City. Hubei Province, China. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.

Please see the Ministry of Health website for guidance on prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19. This also includes advice for travellers.

Detailed health information is available on the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For a list of countries, territories and locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19 please see the latest situation report from the World Health Organization.

Information on cruises

In line with our global travel advisory - do not travel overseas at this time - New Zealanders should avoid taking an overseas cruise at this time due to COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on board cruises due to the close contact between passengers. Some cruise ships have been put into quarantine and denied entry to ports, which can have significant consequences for travellers. If in doubt, consult a medical professional before travelling.

If you choose to go on a cruise despite our advice and you're concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your plans, please contact your travel agent or cruise operator for specific information. Please also check the Australasia website of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which outlines the protocols they put in place for the health and safety of cruise passengers and crew in response to COVID-19. All CLIA member cruise lines are required to implement these protocols.

Border restrictions and public health requirements for airline travel

Travel regulations and restrictions are changing often and at short notice. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide immigration advice about entry, transit or exit requirements for other countries and territories. The border authorities of the country or territory you are travelling to determine your eligibility for entry. If you choose to travel overseas despite this advice, consult the official website or the nearest embassy/consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls that may apply to you before travelling.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) website also provides detailed country and territory specific information about COVID-19-related public health requirements that passengers and airline crew need to follow, both at the airport and onboard aircraft.

Pacific Island countries

Pacific Island countries have been introducing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their countries. If you choose to travel to Pacific Island countries despite the advice, check the entry requirements for each destination before travelling.

Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

TravelSafe NZ currently advises that you do not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have been severely disrupted during the pandemic. Even booked flights may be cancelled.

If you are a New Zealander overseas please register your details on SafeTravel to receive important country or territory specific information. It is important that you keep your SafeTravel registration details up to date so that you continue to receive updates. If your original travel plans have changed and you are unsure how long you will be overseas for you may want to set a longer term 'date of departure' in your registration details. This will ensure that you continue to be registered on SafeTravel as travelling or residing in your location. Once you return to New Zealand you should update your registration details to show that you are no longer travelling overseas.

If you require consular assistance, contact your closest New Zealand Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or call the 24/7 consular emergency line on +64 99 20 20 20 (if overseas) or 0800 30 10 30 (in New Zealand).

Detailed information about New Zealand border measures, pre-departure testing requirements and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) requirements on return to New Zealand can be found at the following New Zealand Government websites:
▪ Unite Against COVID-19
▪ MIQ
▪ New Zealand Ministry of Health
▪ Immigration New Zealand

New Zealanders returning to New Zealand

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) requirements in New Zealand

Detailed information about New Zealand's isolation requirements and facilities can be found on the New Zealand Government’s MIQ website. This includes information about what happens when you arrive in New Zealand, what to expect when you arrive at a managed isolation facility, information about your room, meals, exercise and health checks, and information about charges for managed isolation.

All travellers entering New Zealand are required to:

▪ Hold a managed isolation voucher, secured via the allocation system. If you do not hold a voucher, you will be refused boarding.
▪ go into ‘managed isolation’ in a government-provided facility (hotel), or
▪ if you have COVID-19 symptoms, go into a quarantine facility (separate hotel). 

You will need to stay there for at least 14 days. This will prevent any further unmanaged COVID-19 infection coming into New Zealand. You can’t self-isolate at home, or take a domestic flight before the 14-day period is completed.

Transit

All travellers must comply with any specific transit restrictions and requirements for all countries and territories they are transiting en route to New Zealand. Many countries have specific restrictions which may prevent travellers transiting when travelling from certain countries. You should check that you comply with these restrictions before booking your travel.

Returning New Zealanders who need to transit other countries/territories should be aware that circumstances are changing quickly, and SafeTravel NZ does not have an exhaustive list of available options. Always check with your airline/travel agent that you have current information about your transit options to ensure you will be able to travel to your final destination. Some further information is available on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website.

Current border measures in New Zealand

Most foreign travellers can no longer enter New Zealand. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions can still come to New Zealand. Immediate family of New Zealand citizens and residents (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) must seek approval from Immigration New Zealand using the limited exceptions process. Immediate family members cannot travel by themselves. They must travel with the New Zealand citizen or resident family member on the same flight to New Zealand. New Zealand Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand must also seek approval from Immigration New Zealand using the limited exceptions process.

For further information regarding these border changes, visas and exemptions please read the information on the Immigration New Zealand website or contact Immigration New Zealand on +64 09 952 1679 (outside New Zealand) 0508 225 288 (within New Zealand).

Staying safe wherever you are

If you are unable to return to New Zealand, SafeTravel NZ encourages you to take the following steps to stay safely where you are:

▪ Follow the advice of local authorities. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements and to rely on the local health system. Find out how to access healthcare in case it becomes necessary to do so
▪ Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following the advice of the World Health Organisation and New Zealand Ministry of Health
▪ Find suitable accommodation
▪ Make sure you have access to enough medication if you are overseas for longer than planned
▪ Keep your family and friends regularly informed of your plans and well-being
▪ Monitor local media for developments
▪ Be prepared for logistical and financial disruption. Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. New Zealanders facing financial hardship overseas should seek assistance from family or friends or contact their bank in the first instance. Check with your insurance provider to see if they can help.
▪ Look after yourself - your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Stay in touch with your usual supports - whānau, friends and workmates, especially if you are self-isolating. Further tips can be found on the Government’s COVID-19 website.
▪ Register on SafeTravel and keep checking the website for updates
▪ For more detailed country-specific advice, check the office travel advice of the US, UK and Australia too; and
▪ Contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate if you require consular assistance. Contact details are listed in each destination page on the SafeTravel. For urgent consular assistance after-hours please contact +64 99 20 20 20 (monitored 24 hours a day).

Please note that in some cases the ability of the New Zealand Government to provide consular assistance may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.

Advice for New Zealanders considering overseas travel

The New Zealand Government is advising that New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions. There may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Health care systems in some countries may come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as New Zealand’s or have the capacity to support foreigners.

If you are considering travelling overseas at this time, you should be aware that:

▪ you may be subject to strict movement restrictions or other health measures imposed by local authorities at short notice
▪ you may be required to undertake a period of quarantine at designated facilities and at your own cost
▪ your access to health care may be limited due to capacity issues
▪ your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses
▪ you may be required to stay in your location for longer than you had planned and be able to meet ongoing living costs to support yourself
▪ in some places we may have limited capacity to offer you consular assistance.

Source: SafeTravel NZ | Reviewed: 15 Feb 2021, 09:36 | https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/news/advice-new-zealanders-overseas-0


TRAVEL INSURANCE
New Zealander’s travelling or living in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy & surrounding European destinations should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air. Some insurance policies are now providing medical cover related to coronavirus while overseas.


For up to date information and advice please refer to the following websites:

USEFUL LINKS

New Zealand - Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information
The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453)
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

New Zealand Government - Unite Against COVID-19
https://covid19.govt.nz/

New Zealand Government - Managed Isolation & Quarantine (MIQ)
https://www.miq.govt.nz/

New Zealand Government - Ministry of Health
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

New Zealand Government - Immigration New Zealand COVID-19
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

SafeTravel NZ - Official advice for New Zealanders living & travelling overseas
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

Visit World Health Organisation for useful reading on the Coronavirus (COVID-2019):
Q&A on travelling during the coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports (updated daily)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Visit the Ministry of Health for the current situation on COVID-19 in New Zealand:
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Republic of Croatia - Official Government Page for COVID-19 Information
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
https://www.koronavirus.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Enter Croatia
In order to facilitate your entry and stay in Croatia, we kindly ask you to fill out the pre-registration form.
https://entercroatia.mup.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
http://www.mvep.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Health - Croatian Institute of Public Health
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
Check here for daily updates:
https://www.hzjz.hr/priopcenja-mediji/koronavirus-najnoviji-podatci/

Italian Republic - Department of Civil Protection
http://www.protezionecivile.gov.it/risk-activities/health-risk/emergencies/coronavirus

Republic of Slovenia - Government Portal
https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/

Republic of Slovenia - Slovenian Tourist Board - Latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Slovenia
https://www.slovenia.info/en/business/press-centre/information-about-the-coronavirus

European Union - Re-open EU
The European Union, and all of its member states, are planning for a safe re-opening of Europe. This interactive tool provides you with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays, while staying healthy and safe. The information is frequently updated and available in 24 languages for your convenience.
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm
https://www.iata.org/en/programs/safety/health/diseases/government-measures-related-to-coronavirus/


DISCLAIMER
Due to the everchanging nature of the situation, we cannot be held responsible for any changes or information that have not been reported. Although the information we provide is current at the time of posting, the situation is evolving daily and please always check with SafeTravel NZ, NZ Government Unite Against COVID-19, local government advisories and World Health Organisation (WHO) for the latest health and travel advice. All information is taken from the source links and all external links provided are not updated by Croatia Times Travel and Croatia Times Travel cannot be held accountable for their accuracy.