Travel to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific: A Reopening Timeline

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Australia and New Zealand's strict entry and quarantine policies have kept case numbers close to zero throughout the pandemic. However, in August 2021 both countries experienced relatively large case spikes due to the Delta variant and have returned to strict lockdowns. Among the Pacific islands, French Polynesia is the only country that is open for tourism. Here’s what you need to know about current border regulations in Oceania.

Australia

Australia has banned international entry (likely until 2022) for all non-citizens and non-residents, including U.S. citizens unless they qualify for an exemption. There are also measures in place to limit the spread of the virus across borders in Australia and everyone traveling across territory lines may be required to partake in a 14-day government-mandated quarantine at their own expense.

New Zealand

The New Zealand government is allowing travelers from Niue to enter without quarantine. The travel bubble with Australia has been suspended and the travel bubble with the Cook Islands has been paused. Other travelers, including essential health workers and partners of New Zealand citizens and residents, must be granted permission to enter, will need to be tested before they leave, and must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a managed isolation facility. After November 1, any foreign national allowed to enter New Zealand must show proof of vaccination to do so.

Pacific Islands 

French Polynesia's borders are open and non-vaccinated and non-immunized travelers will be tested on arrival required to quarantine for 10 days, regardless of test results. Fiji will reopen in December to fully vaccinated travelers who will also require a negative test and must book accommodation at a Care Fiji Committed resort.

Kiribati, New Caledonia, Tonga, and Tuvalu still prohibit Americans from entering, but Nauru will allow U.S. citizens if they have spent 14 days before their trip in either Australia, Fiji, or New Zealand.

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  1. U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Australia. "COVID-19 Information." October 15, 2021.

  2. New Zealand Immigration. “COVID-19: Key updates.” August 26, 2021.

  3. U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. "COVID-19 Information."

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