New Zealand reveals plans to reopen borders

by Jessica Pook

The New Zealand government has confirmed its approach to ‘cautiously reconnect New Zealand to the world’ with a three-step plan.

As part of the strategy, foreign nationals (visitors for holiday, business and education) will be able to enter New Zealand from April 30 onwards.

International travellers will be required to have a negative pre-departure test, be fully vaccinated, make a declaration of their full travel history, test on arrival and undergo a seven-day self-isolation period. Managed Isolation and Quarantine will remain for arrivals from high-risk countries. 

Fully vaccinated New Zealanders will be able to travel from Australia without having to quarantine from January 16, 2022 and from February 13, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from all other countries.

This will be the first time that borders have been open to international visitors since March 2020.

Visitors can look forward to a host of new attractions, including hiking trails yet to be tramped by international visitors like the Hokitika Gorge section, new adventure tours like the new Glacier Heli-Hike, a revived cultural scene in Auckland and blockbuster events like the Rugby World Cup (2022) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup (2023).

A significant number of Maori cultural experiences have also been launched including the Manea Footprints of Kupe cultural experience and the Wairau Māori Art Gallery will be the world's first gallery dedicated to contemporary Māori art when it opens in December 2021.

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