From February 13, New Zealanders and residents of most countries will be allowed to enter without isolation.
The New Zealand government said on Wednesday that New Zealand will close its borders to most international travelers for another five months, and outlined the cautious relaxation of border restrictions that it has implemented since the COVID-19 attack in March 2020.
In addition to geographical isolation, this South Pacific country has imposed some of the strictest epidemic restrictions among OECD countries, limiting the spread of COVID-19 and helping its economy rebound faster than many of its peers.
But the highly contagious Delta variant that broke out earlier this year forced a strategic shift. With the increase in vaccination rates, Auckland’s major cities are only now gradually opening up.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said at a press conference that from April 30, 2022, fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed to enter the country and will be renewed over time. open.
New Zealanders who have been vaccinated and residence visa holders from neighboring Australia can travel to New Zealand from January 16th, while vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders from most other countries will start from February 13th From entry.
“The phased approach to reconnecting with the world is the safest way to ensure careful management of risk,” Hipkins said.
“This reduces any potential impact on vulnerable communities and New Zealand’s health system.”
He said travelers will no longer need to stay in state isolation facilities, but will take other measures, including testing negative before departure, proof of vaccinations, and COVID-19 testing on arrival.