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29 NOVEMBER 2021
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New Zealand is to reopen to tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 but in stages. ####
The border will initially open to New Zealand citizens and visa holders coming from Australia, then from the rest of the world. Depending where visitors are coming from different rules apply but they will still have to self-isolate for a week.
It will be the first time the country has been open to travellers since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a snap closure in the first month of the pandemic last year.
Ardern also confirmed that residents of Auckland will be able to leave the city from mid-December after months of Covid-19 lockdown travel restrictions.
New Zealanders can travel home from Australia without staying in managed isolation from 17 January.
They can come from all other countries from 14 February.
After that, fully vaccinated people, including international tourists, will be able to travel to New Zealand from the end of April.
Countries classed as “very high risk” will be excepted from that – at this stage, only Papua New Guinea sits under that designation.
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