Once its borders open to vaccinated travellers on April 30, a big ticket trip to New Zealand should be a top priority for anyone hoping to shake off the spectre of lockdown.
New Zealand will begin to allow fully vaccinated international travellers into the country from next year, in a gradual easing of its strict border restrictions that have been in place for almost two years in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The New Zealand government’s response to the pandemic was swift, and has remained a matter of national pride. In March 2020, the South Pacific nation imposed harsh restrictions that effectively banned tourists and required returning residents to spend two weeks in a quarantine hotel run by the military.
Fully vaccinated citizens, residents and tourists will be allowed to enter the country in three phases, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins explained during a news conference on Wednesday, November 24.
The border will first open to New Zealand citizens and residents traveling from neighbouring Australia on January 16, before expanding to include New Zealanders the rest of the world on February 13.
Fully vaccinated visitors from all other countries, except those deemed “high risk,” can visit the Pacific Island nation from April 30.
“A phased approach to reconnecting with the world is the safest approach to ensure risk is carefully managed. This reduces any potential impacts on vulnerable communities and the New Zealand health system,” Hipkins said.
As the moment, the country is only open to citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand who must undergo a seven-day isolation.
New Zealand currently has a vaccination rate of approximately 70%. The country has recorded more than 10,600 cases of COVID-19 and just 40 deaths.
While April may seem ages away, New Zealand is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, and given its far-flung location, it’s a country that requires some planning to visit. Once travel resumes, a big ticket trip to New Zealand should be a top priority for anyone hoping to shake off the spectre of lockdown. Start your planning today!
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