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With its Covid lockdown restrictions, New Zealand is regarded as one of the strictest nations in its fight against the pandemic. However, the government of New Zealand has recently made the announcement that it will now allow foreigners in.
New Zealand is now resuming all international travel in and out of the country, authorities said. While the New Zealand government has said it will open its borders later this year, it has decided to push through the opening three months ahead of time.
New Zealand was only accessible to a few countries in early 2022, including Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. After confirming only one case within its borders a year ago, the government imposed the strictest Covid lockdown protocols. The New Zealand government then conducted a series of tests and issued health mandates to address the problem as soon as possible.
Covid’s delta variant infiltrated Auckland, the country’s largest city. As a result of this development, the national government imposed a 107-day lockdown on the city, which ended in December 2021.
Even after the declaration, there are still increasing standards for tourists to meet. Before making travel plans to New Zealand, consider the following.
Rules to follow
Visitors must have documentation of their immunizations before anything else. Except for New Zealanders and Australians who reside in the nation, everyone else must comply with this criterion. The government’s website has additional information.
Both paperless and digital immunization records are recognized.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health also stated that travelers are required to undergo a rapid antigen test on the date of arrival, though this is not always done immediately after a tourist arrives at the airport. A follow-up antigen test will be performed five to six days after entry.
The authorities do not mandate masks when moving about outside. The only exception is that they must be worn in enclosed areas like stores, museums, and pharmacies.
The optimal time to visit the country
Products now cost more throughout the nation as a result of the inflationary rates. Although the country’s inflation rate is 7.3%, Navigate Travel said that the costs of activities, trips, and some lodgings are now more reasonably priced than they were before the pandemic.
″(A holiday in) New Zealand’s very cheap at the moment … Other than air travel, there’s never been a cheaper time to come,” said the managing director of Navigate Travel, Daniel Painter.
The algorithm on online searches for New Zealand vacations has significantly grown, according to the nation’s tourism department. Gregg Wafelbakker, general manager of Tourism New Zealand, reported a 39 percent increase in online searches for international flights to New Zealand since the announcement.
“Travel demand to New Zealand has been healthy ever since the borders [reopened] to Singaporeans in May. However, due to flight availability, we do observe demand outstripping supply,” said the senior marketing communications manager of Chan Brothers Travel, Jeremiah Wong.
Longer periods of stay
Due to the strict lockdown protocols the country has implemented for years, New Zealand has long been marked off of many travelers’ bucket lists. However, the announcement caused bookings to flow in, and they are for longer stays now that it is accessible to anyone.
“An eight-day New Zealand tour was a popular choice before the pandemic, but we are currently seeing more interest and bookings for our 11-day tour that allows travelers to take in the sights at a more relaxed pace,” Wong said.
Navigate Travel said that tourists “want the ability to be able to relax and not have to worry about things, but they also want to be able to get lots of bang for their buck.”
In response to New Zealand’s determination to restart its tourism industry, thousands of visitors expressed their joy.
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