January 28, 2022

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N. Zeland will be closed to foreign travelers until April 2022 |  World |  DW

N. Zeland will be closed to foreign travelers until April 2022 | World | DW

New Zealand authorities announced this Wednesday (11/24/2021) that their borders will not be open to foreign travelers until April 2022, although vaccinated citizens and residents will be able to enter the country from January and February depending on their destination. .

In a statement, the New Zealand government indicated that it would lift restrictions on New Zealanders flying from New Zealand on January 16 and from Australia and other parts of the world from February 13.

The rest of the vaccinated foreign travelers will be able to go to sea country without any restrictions until April 10th.

Currently, entry into New Zealand, which closed its borders in March 2020 due to the epidemic, is being carried out through a rigorous process in which spaces are drawn, which restricts the entry of small groups to be isolated.

The new system will allow vaccinated passengers to enter, they will have to present a negative test before departure, will be subjected to another test upon arrival and will be isolated for seven days at the place of their choice.

A new flexible controls system

Before finalizing the isolation, they must be subjected to another Covit-19 test.

“Closing our border is one of the first steps we have taken to keep our country safe from COVID-19, and opening is the last thing we will do,” said Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response.

“We released this announcement today to prepare families, businesses, visitors, airlines and airport companies. As a nation we are encouraged to move towards greater default,” Hipkins added.

Last Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden announced in December that the country would adhere to a new set of flexible regulations, which would include closing businesses in the event of a large increase in infections, but without announcing blockades.

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New Zealand was also one of the countries most active in the fight against the Covit-19 epidemic, and was able to maintain a low number of infections (approximately 10,390) and deaths (40).

However, in October, it dropped its zero-case strategy amid increased vaccination, with nearly 70 percent of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 expected to reach 90 percent in the coming weeks.

mg (efe, afp)