New Zealand to reopen to vaccinated foreign travelers from next April

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In a gradual lifting of border restrictions that came into force from March 2020, New Zealand will gradually reopen next year to most international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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why it matters: NZ implemented some of the world’s toughest pandemic measures and largely managed hotel quarantine facilities for returning New Zealand residents to contain the virus. Its economy was restarting before Delta arrived in August and returned home restrictions.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government has since moved to change its COVID-19 eradication strategy to focus on higher coronavirus vaccination rates.

big picture: COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told in a briefing Wednesdays from 11:59 p.m. On 16 January, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travelers can travel from Australia to New Zealand without quarantine.

  • From 13 February the border will open to fully vaccinated NZ permanent residents of all other countries, and foreign travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel to New Zealand from 30 April .

yes but: People from countries classified as “very high risk” will still not be allowed to enter New Zealand. Papua New Guinea It is the only nation currently classified as such.

For the record: Auckland, NZ’s most populous city and the epicenter of the Delta outbreak, has been under restrictions since August.

  • These are beginning to decrease amid the ongoing delta outbreak, as the country moves towards a COVID-19 protection framework – under which, among other measures, 40% of the NZ workforce must be vaccinated to operate.
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