New Zealand will maintain its borders closed to most worldwide travellers for an additional 5 months, the federal government stated on Wednesday, outlining a cautious easing of border curbs which were in place since COVID-19 hit in March 2020.
Together with its geographic isolation, the South Pacific nation enforced a few of the tightest pandemic restrictions amongst OECD nations, limiting the unfold of COVID-19 and serving to its financial system bounce again sooner than a lot of its friends.
However an outbreak of the extremely contagious Delta variant earlier this yr has pressured a shift in technique, with the principle metropolis of Auckland now solely steadily opening up as vaccination charges climb.
Absolutely vaccinated worldwide travellers can be allowed to enter the nation from April 30, 2022 onwards, with the re-opening staged over time, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins advised a information convention.
Absolutely vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders in neighbouring Australia can journey to New Zealand from January 16, whereas vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders from different nations can be allowed in from February 13.
“A phased method to reconnecting with the world is the most secure method to make sure danger is fastidiously managed,” Hipkins stated.
“This reduces any potential impacts on weak communities and the New Zealand well being system.”
Travellers will not be required to remain at state quarantine amenities, he stated, however different measures can be put in place together with a unfavourable pre-departure take a look at, proof of being absolutely vaccinated, and a COVID-19 take a look at on arrival.
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