The situation in relation to international travel and Covid-19 continues to evolve. See below for our latest update.

Government Covid-19 announcements
On Thursday 12 August 2021 the Government set out its roadmap for reconnecting NZ to the world.

Government sets out plan to reconnect New Zealanders to the world | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz).

The Government is continuing to prepare for the operation of borders under this system. This work includes ongoing work on the development of a traveller health declaration system, investigating new testing technology for rapid testing on arrival at airports and reliable pre-departure testing as well as piloting self-isolation arrangements for some New Zealanders and strengthening other public health measures such as contact tracing.

Managed Isolation and how to make MIQ bookings 

COVID-19 remains widespread in many countries and international travel remains restricted. This is to protect public safety and minimise the potential spread of COVID-19. Official advice is that New Zealanders should not travel internationally (other than to countries with quarantine-free travel arrangements – you can see a list of these countries here). 

If you are considering international travel or you want to host international athletes or teams in New Zealand you should consider MIQ, visa, and vaccination requirements well in advance.  

All travellers countries can currently travel quarantine-free to New Zealand, all other travellers (other than those coming from countries that New Zealand government has quarantine-free travel arrangements in place with) are legally required to have a voucher confirming their place in managed isolation before boarding their flight to New Zealand. Managed isolation involves staying in a Government-run managed isolation facility (MIF), and Covid-19 testing, to ensure that people returning to New Zealand do not have COVID-19 prior to entering the community. Additional measures are in place for travellers from, and transiting through, very high-risk countries. 

The Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIAS) is the only option for most people who want to book MIQ places. Places are currently released each week, for bookings in the next few months. We recommend that you plan well in advance of expected travel and: 

  • Create profiles on the MIQ booking site for all of your potential travellers, so that you are ready to book MIQ if dates do become available. The status of each profile will need to be ‘ready’ before you can book MIQ 
  • Consider family/group registration if travellers want to share rooms, and be sure to create the profiles within that family/group registration as this cannot be changed later 
  • Be prepared with potential travel bookings 
  • Be flexible, as you may not be able to get the exact dates you want for MIQ 
  • Keep an eye on the MIQ website so you know when places will next be released. 

For information about the room release process, please visit the MIQ website. 

Process for seeking international travel exemptions and group allocations for MIQ

The Government has set very high thresholds for group allocations for MIQ and some international travel exemptions that allow individuals or teams to enter New Zealand for sport events. These are reviewed and agreed across all sectors several months in advance. The most recent opportunity to request group allocations for MIQ in March to May 2022 closed in November. We will provide advance notice of any future opportunity.

Process for requesting MIQ Individual monthly allocations

From December 2021, Sport New Zealand has been allocated up to 20 MIQ spots per month for individuals who meet the criteria and have been unable to secure an MIQ booking through the MIAS virtual lobby. Information about the criteria and process is available at this link.

Guidelines for international travel

Sport NZ has prepared guidelines to assist National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to make effective decisions about whether their athletes should travel internationally and, if they do travel, to help them plan this travel. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on sport related international travel. The New Zealand Government currently recommends that New Zealanders do not travel overseas (other than to countries with quarantine-free travel arrangements in place), but New Zealanders are not prevented from doing so.

Despite the international pandemic, professional and high-performance athletes and teams have a number of motivations for travelling overseas to train or compete in international competitions.

These guidelines are intended to:

  • facilitate effective and engaged decision making in relation to international travel for sport
  • ensure that NSOs, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), and Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) enable as safe an environment as is reasonably practicable for athletes, coaches, and staff who travel overseas, and in so doing fulfil the organisation’s respective health, safety and wellbeing obligations.

These guidelines reflect the current state of knowledge and processes in place at the time of issue. They are intended to provide initial high-level guidance which will be updated as policy and processes are developed and improved.

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