Pacific

The Pacific, like all other regions across the world, has felt the impact of COVID-19 acutely. Most countries in the region have closed their borders to all but returning citizens and essential workers, keeping key infrastructure operating. Given the limited ability to quarantine returnees, countries have also been working with their larger Pacific neighbours New Zealand and Australia to support the process or repatriating citizens.

All Pacific countries have implemented some form of lockdown or State of Emergency, which have included curfews, the closing of non-essential services and stores, and a ban on any mass gatherings. In the last couple of weeks we have seen an easing of the lockdowns as a result of no new COVID-19 cases being reported in individual markets. It is worth noting many Pacific countries have had no cases of COVID-19 at all.

The Pacific economies are feeling the effects of COVID-19, with no tourists and many industries closing completely or partially, resulting in job losses. A number of markets have implemented COVID stimulus packages, some announcing their second packages.

Cyclone Harold has also had a further impact on the situation for Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.

For more information on doing business in the Pacific, visit myNZTE - our free online portal for curated, in-depth information and guidance.

Freight

Both sea freight and air freight continue into the region but on a reduced schedule. NZTE’s MyFreight page details flights into the Pacific for exporters looking to access the markets.

Travel

Please check the requirements to enter Pacific countries before travelling.

Please note: all travellers returning to New Zealand are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period and must register with Healthline via 0800 358 5453.

Useful links


Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies

Covid19.govt.nz
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
Business.govt.nz
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Immigration
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand
myNZTE

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.