New Zealand‘s Minister for COVID-19 Response, Education and Public Service Chris Hipkins stated (11-Aug-2021) escalating coronavirus case numbers in Indonesia and Fiji means the two countries have been designated as very high risk, which limits travel from them to New Zealand. As of 23:59 on 15-Aug-2021, travel to New Zealand from Indonesia and Fiji will be restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens, together with any children of those parents who are not New Zealand Citizens. Other travellers from very high risk countries, including New Zealand residents, are required to spend 14 days outside a very high risk country before flying to New Zealand. Travellers transiting through New Zealand from Fiji to other countries can continue to do so, provided they stay airside on arrival and spend less than 24 hours in-transit in NZ. Eligible travellers from Indonesia and Fiji to New Zealand will still have to enter Managed Isolation for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand. Travellers from Indonesia will also be required to have evidence of a negative pre-departure test from a government approved laboratory taken within 72 hours of travel, while those coming from Fiji will continue to be exempt from pre departure testing requirements due to the barriers faced in accessing testing facilities and delays in receiving results likely to affect travel.