Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to South Island
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Visitors from Israel must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to South Island.
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher
Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.
Masks: Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants: Open with restrictions
Bars: Open with restrictions
Most visitors from Israel will not be allowed to enter South Island. Entry to New Zealand is allowed provided that a traveler is a partner, a dependent child, or a family member of a student or work visa holder; of a temporary visa holder; or of a resident holder; critical health workers including their partner or independent children; students; ship crew and humanitarians. These groups must have a request to travel prior to entry.
Travelers do not need to request for an approval if they are New Zealand citizens and permanent resident visa holders; diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand; Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand and eligible travelers from the Cook Islands, Niue, and Australia.
Details can be found here.
Read more about travel restrictions for South Island
Visitors from Israel will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering South Island.
An average nonstop flight from Israel to South Island takes 36h 50m, covering a distance of 16126 km. The most popular route is Tel Aviv - Christchurch with an average flight time of 36h 50m.
The cheapest ticket to South Island from Israel found in the last 72 hours was ₪4,490. The most popular route is from Tel Aviv to Christchurch and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was ₪4,490.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Christchurch (100% of total searches to South Island).
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Better kits for kids to keep them busy longer. The one that was provided kept my kid busy for about an hour or so in a 12hr flight."
Pros: "Plane was large and comfortable."
Cons: "Boarding was chaotic and confusing."
Pros: "The seat was not comfortable and the food as well"
Pros: "Great food & great entertainment. Love the free WiFi"
Cons: "Food could be tastier. But, you can’t starve"
Pros: "I’m glad the connection time was short and reached the destination in good time."
Pros: "entertainment was great!"
Cons: "Not much to eat for a vegan."
Pros: "Everything was nice.."
Pros: "Fast and easy"
Cons: "We didn't get to fly from SYDNEY to CHRISTCHURCH when we were supposed to!"
Pros: "Food, and space"
Pros: "the seats, the window"
Cons: "fliglth to short"
Cons: "I cant cause im still at quantos waiting for them to find my god damn bags!"
Pros: "Great movies and responsive crew"
Cons: "Something weird was going on about how food was served and how people went about deciding what to have."
Pros: "Crew is friendly, flight was smooth and timely."
Cons: "Why doesn’t economy class have a passenger lounge for passengers with really long layovers? I had a 15 hour layover and nothing to tide me over during that time. Ridiculous. Every half decent airline out there caters to all classes of passengers. This is an extremely elitist airline. Will definitely try to avoid"
Pros: "Seats were comfy and as expected perfect seat 79k"
Cons: "Stewards took a while to respond to the buzzer yet I was sat by the quarters Also food wasn’t offered the choice as they had ran out"
Cons: "All good"
Cons: "One carryon and no personal item - inconvenient and irritating! Security staff disposed of manicure scissors that met printed guidelines. Checked baggage was damaged, will avoid Emirates because of this. Staff, comfort, and food were very good, but will still select other airlines"
Cons: "My original flight was delayed so I needed to book for a hotel in manila and need to rebook my connecting flight from christchurch to queenstown. Supposedly, the airline company should offer a reimbursement for all my additional expenses. Vey inconvenient on my part."
Cons: "Was not told that my luggage was on a weght system and not a piece system for a n international flight. I ended up paying $249 for my extra suitcase that weighted 25 lbs and it was only a 2.5 hour flighr!"
Pros: "Good leg-room."
Cons: "Crew do not seem to be attentive."
Pros: "Entertainment; Food is ok"
Cons: "Despite premium price, seat selection not available unless you pay extra; Family of 4 dispersed and given only middle seats except one aisle seat;"
Pros: "I was upgraded to business class. Very nice"
Pros: "Exceptional attention to details of client comfort."
Cons: "No faults."
Pros: "Beautiful aircraft flight attendants speak 19 languages additional leg room fabulous entertainment"
Cons: "only had jetblue as partner and when my flight had to be changed it presented a huge problem- they need more US partnerships to provide better options"
Cons: "The crew were so friendly"
Pros: "Food was great! The aircraft was very nice and the flight attendants were so helpful! Only a 3 1/2 hour flight and it was the best way I have flown!"
Pros: "Excellent service"
Cons: "One baggage misssing, flight delay"
Pros: "I liked the complimentary alcohol, but you had to get up and ask for additional beer /wine/etc...."
Cons: "They need to be better at cleaning up... I had to clear trash from others frequently"
Pros: "It's was my favorite traveling"
Pros: "The flight crew is genuinely caring"
Pros: "Crew was friendly"
Cons: "Flight was a hour late, then we sat on the plane for another half hour because people were in the wrong seat"
Pros: "This two legged journey on Emirates was my first experience with this airline and the impression was an excellent one. Entebbe - Dubai - JFK went smoothly and comfortably."
Pros: "Lots of leg room. Excellent entertainment system."
Cons: "Not every seat had a power outlet. They took the headphones back a little too soon."
Pros: "Everyone was very friendly and the meals were more than one would expect (still airplane food though). In flight entertainment was pretty robust and the inflight care packages (sleep mask, toothbrush/paste) were a nice touch. Although my wife and I were jealous of the business class luxury we were very satisfied with our 15 hour flight."
Cons: "no complaints!"
Pros: "Lovely online and phone customer service reps. Comfy flight with good entertainment (tv)."
Cons: "My baggage (x3) was delayed 3 days, which was frustrating to say the least. I received no apology email or flight discount/refund/coupon, etc."
Cons: "We arrived onetime yet Emirates did not have a gate at SFO so we were parked on the tarmac for over an hour after a 16 hours flight. When we got thru immigration in record time due to the newly installed kiosks, we waited for 2.5hours to get our luggage, there was only one carousel open for an entire A380 airplane with all its luggage and the boxes were piling up on each other, some of them were crushed due to overloading, it took them 2 hours to open a second carousel to offload all of the bags. During this entire time, the Emirates representatives were unhelpful, the local SFO personnel were quite disorganized as well."
Cons: "Wasnt able to sit next to my wife on my honeymoon"
Pros: "surprisingly the high definition 17inch screens and the plenty of movies was essential"
Pros: "You get great service even when sitting on economic class. The food was very good and the crew was cordious, polite and very professional and accomodating."
Cons: "The boarding process was slow but might had to do with the fact that there wereseveral families with children."
Pros: "How nice the crew was and how smooth and quick both the boarding and un boarding process on the A380. The sticker options and menus for meals and needing to be woken up if you chose such."
Pros: "Plenty of space. Many activities, and free food and drinks"
Cons: "Liked everything."
Pros: "There's nothing not to like"
Cons: "The whole experience is very good"
Pros: "food and service were great, seats always nice"
Cons: "plane was way too warm, not just me but the people around us as well"
Airlines flying to South Island have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to South Island
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to South Island
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to South Island
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to South Island
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to South Island