The New Zealand Border Will Reopen To Vaccinated Travelers In 2022

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New Zealand will gradually lift border restrictions that have been in place since March 2020, so most international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel next year.

On Wednesday, November 24, Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins explained that fully-vaccinated citizens, residents and tourists will be allowed into the country in three phases. New Zealanders and residents traveling from neighboring Australia will be able to cross the border on January 16, before the border opens to the rest of the world on February 13.

The Pacific Island nation will be open to fully vaccinated visitors from April 30, Hipkins said. Those deemed “high risk” will not be able to visit. There is currently only one nation affected by this, and that is Papua New Guinea.

In March 2020, New Zealand closed its borders in an effort to combat Covid-19, and has some of the world’s strictest border controls.

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, said in October that the country would move away from a zero-Covid policy and adopt a more realistic approach. Johns Hopkins University data shows more than 10,600 cases and 40 deaths, but they come with a price.

Currently, returning citizens are required to quarantine in government-run facilities, which have limited spaces. To get a space, people have to enter an online lottery.

As soon as the new rules are in effect, that will change.

Hipkins says any visitor to New Zealand is required to isolate at home for seven days, show proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test, and declare they haven’t been to a high-risk country.

The Ministry of Health reports that 84% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, while 92% have already received at least one dose.

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