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. Among the Pacific islands, French Polynesia and Fiji are the only countries actively welcoming tourists. Here’s what you need to know about current border regulations in Oceania.

Australia

Australia has banned international entry for all non-citizens and non-residents—except for travelers from New Zealand who will be allowed to enter on an earlier timeline—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 government-mandated quarantine at their own expense.

New Zealand

The New Zealand government is only allowing travelers from Niue to enter without quarantine. The travel bubble with Australia has been suspended, but the travel bubble with the Cook Islands has resumed. 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 undergo a seven-day quarantine at a managed isolation facility. Any foreign national allowed to enter New Zealand must show proof of vaccination to do so.

New Zealand has plans to reopen in 2022 by the end of February. Fully vaccinated travelers will be able to travel between New Zealand and Australia without going through managed isolation, as long as they can show proof of vaccination and will self-isolate. Following phases are planned to open the borders up to travelers from other countries.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia's borders are open and all vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours before departure and will be tested again upon arrival. An antigen test will also be accepted if taken within 24 hours and is submitted with a PCR test result taken either 48 hours before departure or immediately on arrival. All travelers must register their trip within 30 days of arriving on the government website.

Fiji

Fiji is open for vaccinated tourists, with no quarantine requirement as long as they are traveling from a designated safe country, which includes the U.S., Canada, and the UK, among other countries. Before arrival, U.S. and UK travelers will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours before boarding and must book three nights of accommodation at a Care Fiji Committed hotel.

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