New Zealand will complete the gradual easing of the corona entry restrictions on Sunday: after more than two years, visitors from all over the world are allowed to re-enter the country.
“This is great news for the tourism industry and the economy as we approach spring and summer and people from the Northern Hemisphere are booking their winter vacation,” Tourism Secretary Stuart Nash said Saturday. Cruise ships can also start again from Sunday.
Visitors should test themselves
Since May, holidaymakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as from other visa-free countries such as Great Britain and the US have been allowed to re-enter. The latest opening step now applies to those who need visas — including tourists, students and workers, Tourism Secretary Nash said. Visitors must test on arrival and on the fifth day of their stay. You must also be vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, there are exceptions. It is recommended that you contact the New Zealand authorities for more information.
New Zealand, with its five million inhabitants, has long been regarded as a model country in the fight against the virus and has sometimes pursued a so-called zero-covid strategy. The country now has more than 1.6 million infections and about 1,400 deaths.
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