New Zealand authorities announced this Wednesday (11/24/2021) that they would not open their borders to foreign travelers until April 2022, although vaccinated nationals and residents could enter the country from January and February depending on where they arrive.
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 locations are drawn, restricting entry to small groups that have to be isolated for seven days.
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. It is encouraging that as a nation we can move towards greater default,” Hipkins added.
Last Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacintha Arden announced in December that the country would adhere to a new set of flexible controls, including closing the perimeter of businesses in the event of a large increase in epidemics, but without announcing blockades.
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.
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