New Zealand will remain closed to foreign travelers until the end of April

New Zealand will remain closed to foreign travelers until the end of April

New Zealand travelers after the opening of the air bridge with Sydney (Reuters)

authorities New Zealand This Wednesday announced that They will not open their borders to foreign travelers until April 2022Although vaccinated citizens and residents will be able to enter the country from January and February, depending on where they arrive.

The New Zealand government indicated in a statement that Restrictions on New Zealanders and residence permit holders traveling from Australia will be lifted on January 16 and February 13 from the rest of the world.

The rest of the foreign travelers who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to the peripheral country Almost without restrictions as of next April 30.

Currently, entry into New Zealand, which closed its borders in March 2020 due to the pandemic, is going through a rigorous process in which places are determined, limiting entry to small groups who have to self-quarantine.7 days.

The new system will allow entry to those travelers who have been vaccinated, who will have to submit a negative test before travelling, undergo another test upon arrival and spend seven days isolated at the place of their choice. Before the isolation is finished, they will have to take another test for COVID.

Auckland Airport (Reuters)
Auckland Airport (Reuters)

Closing our borders was one of the first steps we took to keep our country safe from COVID and Opening will be the last thing we dosaid the Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hepkins.

We made this announcement today to give families, businesses, visitors, airlines and airport operators time to prepare. “It’s encouraging as a country that we are moving toward a more normal life,” Hepkins added. “We know it was difficult, but the end of severe travel restrictions is now in sight.Over time, the frustration of New Zealanders living abroad has grown, as well as pressure on the government to loosen these restrictions.

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Last Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country From December it will adopt a new flexible system of restrictions in the country, which includes closing the perimeter of businesses in the event of a significant increase in injuries, but without declaring restrictions.

New Zealand was one of the countries that has previously acted aggressively against COVID and has managed to maintain a low number of infections (around 10,390), and deaths (40).

however, In October I abandoned the zero-state strategy Due to the ongoing outbreak and increased vaccination, around 70 percent of the population has been vaccinated against COVID It is expected to reach 90 percent in the next few weeks.

(With information from EFE)

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