New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that New Zealand will reopen its borders sooner than expected thanks to the country’s anti-Covid policy that has made it a “safe place to visit”.
“We are ready to welcome the world back,” Jacinda Ardern told reporters. Jacinda Ardern explained that vaccinated Australians can travel to the country without being quarantined from April, instead of July as originally planned. Travelers from countries that have visa waiver agreements with New Zealand, including European Union countries, the United States and Canada, will be allowed to do the same from May 1. New Zealand welcomed 3.9 million international tourists in 2019, generating more than NZ$16 billion (€9.86 billion) annually.
Air New Zealand prepares to increase flights
For most of the pandemic, all international arrivals have had to undergo a two-week quarantine in government-run hotels guarded by the military. Air New Zealand welcomed the change and said it was ready to increase flights to meet demand. The announcement does not apply to arrivals from countries such as China and India, where a visa is required, and you will still need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. That requirement is not expected to be rescinded until October, but Jacinda Ardern said that date is also likely to be brought forward.
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