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Visitors from Australia

Visitors from Australia

​With the opening of the New Zealand - Australia no quarantine travel bubble due to commence on 19 April, we wanted to give you a quick update on our guidelines for travel and visits.

Travel Update

A traffic-light system for the travel bubble has been implemented by the New Zealand government to respond to outbreaks in Australia in a timely manner: green; amber; or red.

  • At green: travel can occur between countries safely.
  • At amber or red: there may be community transmission risk and restrictions are likely to be imposed by the New Zealand government around travel between the countries. These restrictions may include a need to enter managed isolation or self-isolation when returning to New Zealand.

The simple approach we have adopted follows:

  1. If a change to the travel bubble means a resident, staff member, visitor or a close contact of any is required to enter managed isolation or self-isolation on returning to New Zealand, the restrictions and guidelines below must be observed.
  2. For all other travel from Australia, no restrictions are in place; although there will still be a requirement to sign in and complete a health declaration when visiting a care centre.

Guidelines

All residents should understand that overseas travel at this time is at their own risk and return to the Village/Care Centre will be managed in line with the guidelines set out below.

Prior to travel: Please provide an itinerary to your Village Manager advising the state(s) in Australia you will be visiting

While travelling: Keep track of movements and use the state apps and turn on Bluetooth for contact tracing purposes, and follow the golden rules (below)

On return: Please advise any deviations from itinerary, and check with Village Manager before visiting other residents / using communal facilities.

Australia travel status

Green

Amber

Red

Description

No Outbreak at destination state

Isolated Outbreak in destination state eg Brisbane

Multiple Outbreaks in destination state(s)

Isolation Level

Up to 72-hour Isolation in Australia, No Managed Isolation in NZ

Required to go into Managed Isolation (MI) on arrival in NZ

Care Residents

Normal activity

Self-isolation – 5 days /monitor for symptoms

Isolation in room/villa – 7 days/ post discharge from MI /monitor for symptoms

Independent Village Residents

Normal activity

Self- isolation – 5 days /monitor for symptoms

For 7 days - Self- isolation in unit/villa post discharge from MI - no use of communal facilities.

Visitors

Care Centre Visitors will need to complete declaration prior to entry

For 5 days after arrival – visits only in exceptional circumstances / mask to be worn/ physical distancing

For 7 days – visits only in exceptional circumstances / mask to be worn/ physical distancing from others

​Residents or visitors returning from all other overseas countries

The current guidelines remain in place. With the pandemic continuing at new highs overseas we consider it prudent to maintain our approach. That means only visits on exceptional circumstances are permitted.

Visits to residents in palliative or end of life care will still be possible by prior arrangement with the Village Manager.

​The Golden Rules

  • If you are sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate, you must do so immediately.
  • If you are concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you have been and who you have seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ Covid Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

These guidelines should be observed whether you have been vaccinated or not.