Have your say: Do you agree with National's proposal for when fully vaccinated people could skip isolating after travel?

  • 29/09/2021

National has released a plan for when fully vaccinated people could visit New Zealand without having to isolate upon arrival.

It's part of the party's newly released COVID-19 plan. When 85 to 90 percent of the country's 12+ population is vaccinated, and ensuring other responses are in place, National says New Zealand could begin reconnecting with the rest of the world. 

There are other more specific requirements, like each district health board having at least 80 percent of its 12+ population fully vaccinated and each 10-year age band being at least 70 percent vaccinated. 

For many vaccinated tourists coming to New Zealand, at that point, there would be no isolation. Only those coming from 'low-risk' countries - where there is zero or little COVID-19 in the community and there are vaccination rates above 80 percent - don't have to isolate. 

They'd still have to have a negative pre-departure test within 48 hours, a rapid test upon arrival and a saliva test on arrival with a negative result within 12 hours. If they tested positive after getting to New Zealand, they'd have to self-isolate or go into a MIQ facility depending on public health advice.

Do you agree with National on when fully vaccinated people could skip isolating after travel?