TheNew Zealanders stranded in Australia will be able to return from mid-January, and the rest of the world will have to wait until February.
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New Zealand announced, Wednesday, November 24, that its borders will remain closed to foreign travelers until the end of April. archipelago It closed its borders in March 2020. The minister in charge of combating Covid-19, Chris Hepkins, has indicated that New Zealanders stranded in Australia can return from mid-January, while the rest of the world will have to wait until February. For their part, foreigners will be able to visit the archipelago from the end of April, according to the gradual reopening plan unveiled on Wednesday.
“We know the situation has been difficult, but the end of the travel restrictions is imminent.” announce Chris Hepkins Press. The announcement comes amid growing pressure from New Zealanders stranded abroad and frustration at not being able to book rooms in non-quarantine hotels.
New Zealand earlier this week announced a change in its strategy to fight Covid-19, deciding to contain the delta variant rather than eliminate it. The disease killed just 40 people out of five million people, but authorities admitted that the Delta variant was a game-changer and that they had to abandon their goal of zero Covid.