Starting July 31, New Zealand will welcome travelers from around the world, the New Zealand government announced.

Originally, the New Zealand authorities planned to reopen its borders to the whole world in October of this year, however, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced that the decision was made to bring forward the reopening with the aim of boosting the tourism industry thanks to to the high rate of vaccination and the stability of daily infection in the country.

The reopening of New Zealand’s borders has been carried out gradually, with May 2 being the most important stage that had been carried out, as the country once again received travelers from 60 visa-exempt countries.

Travelers planning to visit New Zealand must meet the following health requirements:

  • make a PCR test before departure flight to New Zealand; Upon arrival, they will be given three rapid antigen tests, one to be performed upon arrival, another on day five or six, and the third as backup.

If the test is positive, a PCR test should be carried out so that the New Zealand authorities can control any emerging variants and isolate cases, as necessary.

  • Have complete vaccination schedule against Covid-19.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will have to undergo mandatory quarantine at a government-run facility.

The vaccines accepted by New Zealand are the following:

  • Bharat Biotech, Covaxin
  • Johnson & Johnson, Janssen
  • Modern, Spikevax
  • Novavax, Nuvaxovid
  • Oxford / Astra Zeneca, Vaxzevria
  • Pfizer BioNTech, Comuna
  • Astra Zeneca, Covishield
  • Novavax, Covavax
  • Sinopharm, BBIBP-CorV
  • Sinovac, CoronaVac

To learn more about the health requirements to travel to New Zealand, go to click here.

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