New Zealanders allowed to return home

An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9.

New Zealanders will be able to return home from Australia from February 28 and from overseas from March 14.

Borders will open to Australians by July and to the rest of the world by October.

Leanne Geraghty, Director of Sales and Customer Service, Air New Zealand, said: “Today’s announcement is incredibly exciting news for New Zealanders abroad. Knowing that they will land home and reunite with friends and whānau in just over three weeks will be a relief.

“We expect to have over 300 flights available between New Zealand and Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in March alone. Once we have a clearer picture of the level of demand, we will adjust the schedule accordingly, but we are confident that there will be places available for those who need them.

“As expected, we saw strong demand following the announcement, with our first flights on February 28 nearing full capacity.”

The airline’s international vaccination policy came into effect on February 1, with all customers traveling on Air New Zealand’s international network now required to present proof of full vaccination.

In line with government requirements announced this week, all customers will also be required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure and will be required to complete a period of home isolation upon arrival in New Zealand.

The airline is working on the necessary changes to its international schedule to align with March 14 for New Zealanders wishing to return home from the rest of the world.

“We have kept our operation ready for this. Over the past few months, it has been great to bring some of our pilots back, with some cabin crew returning to training from February 28, as we anticipate a return to global travel. We look forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of Kiwis who plan to board our planes soon.

Air New Zealand International Flight Checklist:

  1. You will need to show your international vaccination certificate to board an Air New Zealand international flight. This is different from using My Vaccine Pass Kiwis for domestic travel.
  2. You may need a negative pre-departure test to enter your destination. Be sure to check the country’s entry requirements.
  3. Travel declarations vary from country to country. Check what you need and fill them.
  4. Locate your passport and check the expiration date. You will need at least six months before expiration to travel.
  5. Allow plenty of time, we recommend around three hours, to check in and check your travel documents.

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