Image source, Image caption, New Zealand has established a travel bubble with Australia earlier this year but was later suspended
New Zealand has unveiled plans to reopen its s and will allow foreigners to enter the country. next year.
Fully vaccinated visitors can enter from April 30 and will be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival.
More Neo Zealands will also be allowed to return home from early next year, under similar rules.
The move relaxes strict restrictions that have blocked many citizens and tourists since the s were closed at the start of the Covid pandemic.
The Minister for the Response to Covid-19, Chris Hipkins, on Monday outlined plans to reopen in stages, calling it "the safest approach to ensure risk is carefully managed ".
What the new rules say ?
In the first phase of the reopening, fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents who are currently in Australia will be allowed to return from January 16.
The New Zealanders Zealands who are in all other countries will be allowed entry from February 13.
Foreign travelers will be the last group to be allowed to enter the country, from April 30.
All travelers must be fully immunized, will be required to self-isolate for seven days, and be tested for Covid on arrival.
"This (phased approach) reduces any potential impacts on vulnerable communities and the New Zealand health system, "said Mr. Hipkins.
Currently, only citizens and permanent residents ofNew Zealanders are allowed to enter the country, and they must stay for seven days in government-run quarantine hotels. As these have limited spaces, the rules effectively prevented many New Zealanders from wanting to return.
New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to close its s to the start of the pandemic, as part of a highly regarded strict Covid approach that has succeeded in keeping deaths to a minimum. Besides travel restrictions, it has canceled previous outbreaks with quick and strict lockdowns.
However, the country has struggled to fend off the highly infectious Delta virus strain, forcing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to shift from a total elimination strategy from Covid topressure for higher vaccination rates and to treat the virus as endemic.
He had established a b ubble trip with Australia earlier this year, but had to put it on hold months later following outbreaks in both countries.
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