On Wednesday, New Zealand announced that it will not reopen for foreign travellers atleast till five months. One of the toughest pandemic restrictions were imposed in the New Zealand.
The Pacific nation’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said People of New Zealand in Australia can come back home from the mid of Jan and kiwis coming from another country can come back after a month. But foreign nationals must wait until the end of April under the blueprint for a phased reopening unveiled Wednesday.
Hipkins told reporters, “We acknowledge it’s been tough, but the end of heavily restricted travel is now in sight,” Hipkins told reporters.
Last year in the month of March, New Zealand closed its borders. All international travelers were allowed to keep themselves quarantined for two weeks.
Hipkins acknowledged many New Zealanders wanted the border open for Christmas but said it was not a realistic expectation.
“There continues to be a global pandemic, with case numbers surging in Europe and other parts of the world,” he said.
“So we need to be careful about reopening our border, that’s what we’re doing and what we’ve always done.”
From December, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Fiji and Brazil will no longer come into the category of high risk countries. People from these countries can come to New Zealand from April 30, Hipkins said. He said there was a possibility “bespoke” arrangements would allow international students and Australians to travel before April 30 but could offer no guarantees.