ECONOMY: New Zealand Planning To Reopen Borders To Travelers In April | TheHill – The Hill

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By Cameron Jenkins – 11/24/21 08: 01 AM EST

New Zealand’s borders will remain closed over the next five months as the country takes precautions to fight the coronavirus, with officials planning to allow some international travelers to enter the nation in April.

Government officials reportedly made the announcement on Wednesday during a news conference.

“A phased approach to reconnecting with the world is the safest approach to ensure risk is carefully managed,” New Zealand’s COVID-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins, said, according to Reuters. This reduces the potential impact on vulnerable communities as well as the New Zealand health care system. “

Under the new strategy, New Zealand will begin allowing fully vaccinated international travelers to enter the country beginning on April 30, the news service noted, adding that those travelers will be made to quarantine for seven days after they arrive.

Vaccinated residents and those with visas who are located in Australia will reportedly be allowed to travel into New Zealand as soon as Jan. 16. Others vaccinated New Zealanders, as well as visa holders, will be allowed into the country from February. 13.

The country will no longer provide state quarantine facilities, but instead will require self-isolating, proof of full vaccination, a negative pre-departure test and a COVID-19 test as international travelers arrive into New Zealand, Reuters added.

New Zealand has had some of the strictest pandemic measures in place and has reported about 10,000 COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the news service.

— Updated at 9: 32 a.m.

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