Self-Isolation Pilot

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In August 2021, the Government endorsed an approach that would introduce low, medium and high-risk pathways for inbound travellers based on their COVID-19 risk under the plan for ’Reconnecting New Zealanders.’

The Self-Isolation Pilot is an important step in supporting the creation of new pathways which will, in future, allow more people to visit and return home to New Zealand without the requirement to enter MIQ. 

The pilot will allow government agencies to test some aspects of operational readiness and identify areas where further work is required to scale up the approach and expand in the future.

This pilot is primarily for a small number of business travellers, including sole traders, required to travel internationally for business purposes. On return they will self-isolate at approved accommodation and undergo regular monitoring and testing for COVID-19.

Businesses were encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate if they met the criteria and eligibility requirements. A total of 603 EOIs were submitted, representing 749 people, and by arrival airport, 85% for Auckland and 15% for Christchurch.

The EOIs cover a wide range of New Zealand’s business sectors, from food technology, horticulture and forestry, to manufacturing and agriculture industries.

Provisional applicants have been selected via a ballot and they must provide verification information, flight details, and a self-isolation plan for final approval to participate in the pilot.

Where provisional applicants have withdrawn, those spaces were offered to business travellers who were next in line in the original ballot. A total of 82 business travellers have been approved for the pilot.

The first participants arrived in Auckland on 31 October and Christchurch on 1 November. As of 1 December, there are 20 people self-isolating as part of the pilot (9 in Christchurch and 11 in Auckland). A total of 42 participants have completed self-isolation.

The self-isolation period for business travellers on the pilot shortened from 14 days to 10 days on 14 November.

Find out more about the Self-Isolation Pilot

Last updated: 01 December 2021