Along with this, New Zealand is removing some countries including Indonesia, India and Brazil from the list of countries at high risk, which will allow people from these countries to come to New Zealand.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the South Pacific country imposed strict border restrictions, barred tourist entry and made it mandatory for returning residents to spend two weeks in an isolation facility operated by the military. Border restrictions in the first 18 months of the pandemic were seen as key to making New Zealand free of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the government had taken difficult decisions to keep New Zealanders safe in the pandemic. “We thought it was going to be very difficult,” he said. Families were separated. People had to live in places where they would not want to stay for long. We are well aware of the impact these restrictions have on people’s lives and their livelihoods.
Under the government’s plan, all travelers coming into the country will still have to self-isolate for at least seven days. New Zealanders who have received a full dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine will be able to return from Australia without self-isolation from January 16 and from other countries after February 13. The doors of entry into the country will be opened in different phases for tourists and other travelers from April 30.