New Zealand reopening to foreign tourists in April, but travellers will need to self-isolate

New Zealand, known for having some of the strictest COVID-19 entry requirements in the world, is set to reopen to foreign travellers starting on April 30.

The country would reopen its borders in stages, first allowing fully vaccinated nationals to enter without staying in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) before reopening its borders to international travellers, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday.

“Closing our border was one of the first steps we took to keep our country safe from COVID-19, and it’ll be the last thing we open up,” Hipkins said in a statement.

Fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can enter without staying in MIQ – a quarantine hotel staffed by a team of health professionals, hotel and government personnel – from Australia starting Jan. 16 and from all other countries starting Feb. 13.

On April 30, the country will begin allowing all fully vaccinated travellers to enter. This reopening phase may be staged by visa category, and comes more than two years after the country first imposed COVID-19-related entry restrictions.

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