New Zealand to Ease Travel Restrictions in November
New Zealand will begin easing COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place on its international borders since last year.
Chris Hipkins, minister in charge of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response, said that from November, travellers from Pacific countries such as Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will no longer need to quarantine on arrival.
The 14-day hotel quarantine period will be shortened to seven days for fully vaccinated travellers from abroad. There is also a plan to move to a system of home quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals later in 2022.
It’s time we reopened to the world. We can’t remain shut behind the walls of Fortress New Zealand.Chris Hipkins said at a news conference.
New Zealand’s COVID Approach
New Zealand adopted one of the world’s toughest pandemic travel restrictions, closing off leisure traffic to one of the most desirable destinations in the world.
Even with this announced easing, New Zealand is planning on strong efforts to keep COVID-19 in check.
All foreign nationals entering New Zealand will need to be fully vaccinated from 1 November.
The country tried a “travel bubble” with Australia but suspended that in July due to a surge of COVID cases. However, this will be resumed from 1 November.
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