The government announced on Wednesday that New Zealand will reopen its borders with foreign travelers vaccinated with the CCP virus in early January 2022.
Under the new plan, the border will be opened in three stages, Chris Hipkins, Minister of State for COVID-19, said at a press conference Wednesday.
First, only vaccinated New Zealanders and adjacent Australian resident visa holders will be able to return to the South Pacific island nation from 16 January. About a month later, from midnight on February 13th, New Zealanders and other eligible travelers will be from all other destinations.
After April 30, Hypkins said the borders will be reopened to allow vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country, and that these tourists will be required to self-quarantine for a week.
“Today, fully vaccinated New Zealanders will find it easier to return home from January, removing the controlled quarantine and quarantine (MIQ) requirements for most travelers arriving in New Zealand, so foreigners will be 4 It will continue after the month, “said the minister.
“There is still a carefully controlled process for recent arrivals, including a mandatory 7-day self-quarantine period for people who do not need to enter MIQ,” he added.
New Zealand is one of the lowest countries CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus Less than 10,000 cases have been reported so far, with 40 deaths. 205 new cases were reported on 22 November, with a total double dose rate reaching 83% of the eligible population.
The country has 90 percent, one of the highest vaccination benchmarks in the world, before authorities begin to fully reopen the country.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pressing to reopen the border prior to Christmas holidays so that New Zealanders expatriates can return home. Many industries are also struggling to fill jobs, so they are campaigning to reopen their borders sooner.
Earlier this week, Ardan announced a new CCP virus traffic light system that would impose further restrictions on unvaccinated people and at the same time lift the strict blockade rules for vaccinated people coming into force on December 3.
The new rules will ease restrictions on the blockade of Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city. Oakland has been subject to strict blockades for over three months.
Under the new rules, vaccinated persons are required to wear masks on flights, public transport, taxis, retail stores, and orange-level public places. However, unvaccinated individuals will be denied admission to events, restaurants, dressings and cafes that use the vaccination certificate.
In the country’s orange or red level COVID-19 settings, hairdressers, events, gyms, and closely related companies that do not use vaccine passports cannot open at all. Restaurants and cafes that do not use a vaccine certificate can only provide takeaway food. Meetings and funerals have a lower number limit.
Individuals who are exempt from vaccination can enter the venue without revealing the status of vaccination, but they must apply for a temporary exemption through their health provider every six months.
Tammy Hung and Reuters contributed to this report.
from NTD News