FINAL CALL!

Visitors to Auckland shouldn’t overlook Newmarket’s Railway Street Studios' latest exhibition 'Way Marking by Jo Dalgety', which runs from 3rd - 22nd February (Jo’s work 'From the bare stump' pictured). Jo will be in the gallery on Saturday 5th and 12th February 10am - 3pm. An accomplished artist, as a sideline Jo owns Webtrix which helps us publish this very newsletter! 

For 2022 our standard Transaction Fee for Passport and Visa transactions will now change to include Passport/Visa/Health Advisory, given the lengthy research involved in in the Covid 19 pre and post flight requirements and documentation. The charge is $45 for the related advisory and is in addition to the standard booking fees. Please contact us if you have further questions.  

Travel insurance is essential for your travels and most of our insurance providers also offer some level of Covid protection. There are a number of considerations in this era of travel, not in the least being covered for additional unexpected accommodation should you test positive for Covid in the day or two prior to your flight and therefore cannot board your flight. Ask our Team.

The New Zealand borders are opening in 5 steps:

  1. From Monday 28 February 22 -  Between NZ and Australia for NZers (citizens and residents) and Australians who reside in NZ
  2. From Monday 14 March 22 – between NZ and any other country for NZers plus work holiday  scheme visa holders and some critical workers
  3.  From Wednesday 13 April 22 – valid international travellers holding a NZ visa plus international students
  4. From July 22 – international visitors from Australians and other visa waiver countries  
  5. From October 22 – all other visa holders

Self-Quarantine for all travellers is required for 10 days upon arrival.

Whilst the New Zealand Government is announcing baby-steps in opening the borders, at the same time the United Kingdom is almost turning full-circle. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving into the United Kingdom will no longer have to undergo the ‘day-2 arrivals test’. This has been removed, effective February 11, 2022. You simply have to complete an online passenger locator form regardless of vaccine status within 48 hours of arrival into the UK. The United Kingdom is returning to pre-Covid normal.

Our business travellers to the United Arab Emirates have greater flexibility with their meeting times. The UAE has moved its weekend to Saturday and Sunday for state employees, breaking ranks with the rest of the Gulf as it accelerates a push to draw in international investment and business. The changes, which the government said will allow the UAE to align more closely with global markets, came into effect January 1 and apply to the public sector and schools. There will also be a 4½ day working week, with Friday – a holy day in Islam – being a half day. If undertaking business in the UAE be mindful of this.

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