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New Zealand to progressively chill out border closure from mid-January

WELLINGTON :

New Zealand’s border closure, in place since March final yr, will progressively be eased from mid-January for vacationers who’re vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, the federal government stated Wednesday.

Step one might be to permit vaccinated New Zealand residents touring from Australia to enter with out present process the present necessary two-week quarantine, a press release stated.

The easing of restrictions might be broadened from mid-February to incorporate New Zealand residents and eligible visa holders touring from different international locations after which to international nationals from the tip of April.

A authorities assertion stated the tip of closely restricted journey, introduced on by the pandemic, is now in sight. Nonetheless, vacationers can be required to check damaging for Covid-19 earlier than departure, on arrival and earlier than coming into the neighborhood after seven days of isolation at dwelling.

New Zealand, which has been battling a monthslong outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant, has linked reopening inside the nation to a 90% vaccination charge. About 84% of the eligible inhabitants was vaccinated as of Wednesday.

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