New Zealand, an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean with one of the toughest Covid-19 travel restrictions, has declared that its borders would be open to tourists and visa holders from 11.59 p.m. on July 31, three months sooner than initially anticipated.
Moreover, on the same date (11.59 p.m. on July 31), maritime boundaries will be opened to cruise ships.
It is worth noting that previously, entry was restricted to tourists from roughly 60 designated visa waiver nations, including the United Kingdom, India and many others.
Since April, New Zealand has gradually opened its borders, first to Australian visitors and then, in May, to travellers from visa-exempt countries.
Guidelines For Travellers To New Zealand
Travellers above the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand, with the exception of medical exemptions. Fully vaccinated visitors to New Zealand are not required to self-isolate upon arrival.
Travellers from the United Kingdom, India or other countries (aged two and up) must present a negative PCR test (with results within 48 hours of departure) or a supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test (with the results no more than 24 hours before departure).
Furthermore, even if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19, all travellers will require a test.
If you have recently recovered from Covid-19, you must still complete a pre-departure test. If this is positive, you must be examined by a medical professional. If they are satisfied that you are not actively infected with Covid-19, they should issue you with a medical certificate within 48 hours of leaving.
Vaccinated and qualified visitors to New Zealand must also take two RATs upon arrival. These will be given to you at the airport, and you must take a test on day zero or one (when you arrive in New Zealand) and on day five or six.
René de Monchy, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand, said
“We look forward to welcoming manuhiri [visitors], family and friends back from August. New Zealand has plenty to offer international visitors from breathtaking landscapes, rare and remarkable wildlife to our rich culture and heritage; our people and place are what make us unique, and we look forward to sharing this with the world again.”
Tourism New Zealand in India launched the “Messages from New Zealand” initiative in 2020, in which ordinary New Zealanders shared video messages of hope and compassion with their overseas whānau (family)
New Zealand reaches out to Indian travellers in a real and genuine way through this project, offering messages of encouragement and optimism.
Tourism New Zealand has been helping travel partners with new resources such as a dedicated marketing hub, regular training sessions, and, most recently, the launch of a renovated travel trade website as part of efforts to prepare for the reopening of borders.