New Zealand opens to vaccinated travelers from next year

New Zealand opens to vaccinated travelers from next year

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Heavy travel restrictions to New Zealand set to ease after almost two years

For those who have been waiting for their opportunity to visit the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand has announced that they will reopen their borders to all vaccinated travelers from April 30, 2022. 

Fully-vaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents who are currently in Australia will be able to return home without quarantine from as early as January 16 and New Zealanders in all other countries will be afforded the relaxed entry requirement from February 13.

Reopening in phases

New Zealand opens to vaccinated travelers from next yearAuckland is eager to see new arrivals after almost two years — Shutterstock

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced that, “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.”

Vaccinated travelers will have to:

  • Show proof of vaccination
  • Present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test
  • Take a test on arrival in New Zealand
  • Undergo a self-isolation period.

The only travelers at this point who have been able to enter New Zealand are permanent residents of the country, albeit with a mandatory 7-day quarantine in government managed accommodation and hotels in which there is a limited capacity.

New Zealand has been off-limits for almost two years

New Zealand opens to vaccinated travelers from next yearTe Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) on the Coromandel Peninsula — Shutterstock

New Zealand’s borders have effectively been closed to outside visitors since March 19, 2020 almost two years ago.

The proposed travel restriction relaxation is a light at the end of the tunnel for millions of travelers with this beautiful country on their bucket-list.

In the four years pre-pandemic, New Zealand saw record numbers of over 10 million visitors annually.

New Zealand will doubtless be eager to welcome new arrivals — the tourism sector historically accounts for more than 5% of the country’s GDP and over 13% of the population directly or indirectly work in the tourism sector.

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