May 3, 2022,
New Zealand has welcomed its first international tourists since March 2020 as part of the government’s phased reopening. Visitors from 60 visa-waiver nations, including the US and UK, can now enter for the first time since the closure of borders and the ensuing implementation of some of the world’s toughest contra pandemic measures.
In emotional scenes at Auckland airport, the first flights landed from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and arrivals handed popular locally made chocolate bars.
Vaccinated travellers are required to have a negative pre-departure Covid test. On arrival, they must self-test for coronavirus. Non-vaccinated visitors will be allowed to enter from October, unless the government decides to lift restrictions earlier.
New Zealand implemented some of the toughest measures in the world during the pandemic. It has started to easy the increasinly unpopularity of the measures with the aim to boost tourism and ease labour shortages.
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