Self-Isolation Pilot

Self-isolation is part of the Government’s 'Reconnecting New Zealanders' plan for re-opening borders and allowing more people to visit and return home to New Zealand without the requirement to enter into MIQ. The Self-Isolation Pilot will test some of the systems and processes that would be needed to roll out self-isolation more widely.

About the Self-Isolation Pilot

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 ’Reconnecting New Zealanders with the World’ plan.

The Self-Isolation Pilot is an important next 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.  Running the pilot will allow us 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 for a small number of travellers required to travel internationally for business purposes who will return to New Zealand and undertake self-isolation on arrival in Auckland or Christchurch.

The pilot has been approved for up to 150 people. Numbers and locations are limited to ensure the health workforce and MIQ systems and staff have the capacity to establish, manage and complete the pilot successfully. This limited number will be spread out over the 6-week arrival period of the pilot.

The pilot is primarily aimed at travellers required to travel internationally from New Zealand for business purposes. This also includes sole traders.

The pilot will also allow travel for a small number of Ministers and Officials attending overseas events as New Zealand government delegates.

Key dates for the pilot

  • EOI process went live: 9am Thursday 30 September 2021
  • EOI process closed: 5pm Saturday 9 October 2021
  • Selected applicants will be advised if they are in the pilot (subject to providing verification and appropriate self-isolation plan) by Friday 15 October 2021
  • Arrival period into New Zealand: Saturday 30 October to Wednesday 8 December 2021
  • Final travellers exit self-isolation after 10 days: 18 December 2021

The EOI process is now closed.

Eligibility criteria and pilot requirements

Last updated: 14 November 2021