New Zealand is set to reopen borders to visitors in stages where the country had largely remained closed amid two years of the pandemic.
It will be the first time since the country will be reopened after it has been closed since 2020 amid the covid pandemic. The borders to the country were also closed since March 2020.
Reports have suggested that the fully vaccinated New Zealanders in Australia can travel back home starting February 27, where they do not require to undergo quarantine in state-managed facilities. In contrast, New Zealanders worldwide will be allowed to enter two weeks later.
From March 13, some skilled workers and vaccinated foreigners will be allowed to enter, and close to 5000 international students will be allowed to enter from April 12.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that tourists from Australia and other visa-free countries would be allowed to enter the country by July. In contrast, tourists worldwide will have to wait till October. The travelers should, however, self-isolate for ten days.
The prime minister further stated that the borders would be reopened in phased manners, enabling people to reunite and further help fill workforce shortages. On the other hand, the healthcare system would be able to manage the expected increase in cases.
Furthermore, this is devised in a strategy where the Omicron is slow to spread, and also opening borders in a phased manner is a part of the plan.
Currently dominant globally, this highly contagious covid variant, Omicron, has been detected and has spread across the country.