New Zealand will reopen to all Australian visitors on April 19. As of today, only its citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter the country.
Some arrivals will have to present a negative COVID-19 test result and / or quarantine, depending on the country from which they come.
At a press conference weeks ago, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced that the borders are likely to remain closed for most of 2021.
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More recently, she expressed the positive results of the vaccine to decrease the spread and mortality of COVID-19, which means that the reopening may be earlier than expected.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally reside in New Zealand can travel to New Zealand.
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The long-awaited travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will finally begin on April 19, as announced by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Australian citizens will be able to depart from one of the international lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. They will not need to be quarantined or bring any tests, but they will have to pass health checks. (Source)
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On March 26, the Australian government announced a change in its law to allow New Zealand citizens to return freely. However, New Zealand has not yet accepted the offer.
New Zealand government officials have announced that they will resume the travel bubble deal only until April 6.
“Opening our borders to our closest neighbor is a priority not only for tourism and business, but also in terms of gathering friends and family.” [but] “Opening a travel zone with Australia, without quarantine, is highly complex.” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the same day.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand said the country will need to achieve herd immunity levels through vaccination before any foreigners are allowed to visit. Australian neighbors with similar low levels of contagion may be the first to benefit from the measure as they progress in vaccinating their own population. (Source)
Given that New Zealand administered only 9,431 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the goal of allowing entry into other countries appears to be more than a few months in the future.
The New Zealand-Australia travel bubble was officially reopened on 31 January. She was stopped after a Kiwi woman infected with the highly contagious South African variant of Covid-19 visited about 30 sites in New Zealand before testing positive.
At the moment, New Zealand’s “green zone flights” are allowed to enter Australia.
New Zealand’s borders are likely to remain closed for most of 2021.
The government has provisionally approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. The authorities are expected to start vaccinating health and border workers in the coming months.
Who can enter New Zealand now?
New Zealand is not allowing any tourists. The only persons authorized to enter the country, whether by air or sea, are those who belong to the following categories:
- New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. Some exemptions can be made for non-permanent residents
- Partners and dependent children of citizens and residents
- Those holding a diplomatic position in New Zealand
- All Australian citizens and residents (as of April 19)
Other exemptions can be made for critical health and humanitarian workers, for Australian citizens who normally live in New Zealand, for Samoans and Tongans in some circumstances and for those on a student visa in some circumstances.
For those entering the country, a Covid-19 test is mandatory, as well as a 14-day quarantine.
Can Americans visit New Zealand?
Unless they belong to one of the categories above, American citizens are not allowed to enter New Zealand.
Who doesn’t need to send a COVID-19 test on arrival?
Only travelers from Antarctica, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
Is it safe to visit New Zealand?
New Zealand is one of the safest places to visit during COVID-19 due to its low infection rates. The CDC’s alert level is only 1, which means that the risk is very low. (CDC.gov)
Situation of COVID-19 in New Zealand
The Lowy Institute’s COVID Performance Index ranked New Zealand as the most effective COVID-19 pandemic handler in the world.
So far, the country has registered only 2,589 cases and 26 deaths.
Why do tourists love New Zealand?
New Zealand is a paradise for nature lovers. It has beautiful beaches and islands off the coast, as well as subtropical forests, mountains with snowy peaks, glaciers, lakes, fjords, volcanoes, hot springs, beautiful rolling hills and plains.
Diversity is so great for those who love nature, not only at the level of the landscape but also at the level of flora and fauna.
New Zealand is home to plant and animal species, such as the kiwi, that cannot be found anywhere else. This little flying bird has become the national symbol of New Zealand and friendly natives also often call themselves Kiwis. There are also unique plants, such as the ancient and imposing kauri trees and the nikau palm trees.
The country has an inviting camping culture for those who want to go out and explore all these natural wonders on their own. The roads are well signposted and all cities have information centers to advise tourists. There is also a bus network if you don’t want to drive.
There are also many opportunities for outdoor adventures. Bungee jumping was invented here and there are many places where adventurers can experience it, as well as places for surfing, skiing, canoeing and sailing. Visitors can take a hot air balloon ride over Hobbiton, where the Lord of the Rings was filmed, or explore gigantic caves as well.
Travelers can also experience the distinctive Maori culture or sample world-class wine. As the country is sparsely populated, it has a very small-town feel when you leave Auckland, which is the largest city and the best place to find diversity. Fans of ethnic restaurants will certainly want to spend some time there.
New Zealand is serious about stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Because of its strict measures, the country is now operating normally, for the most part.
However, the government remains vigilant that, for the time being, travel to this island nation is severely limited. When it opens, however, it offers a lot to attract those who love adventure, nature and distinct culture.