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New Zealand scraps Covid restrictions, sets new Travel Rules

Several travel restrictions has been scraped in countries including New Zealand , after the down effects of the pandemic. Persons can now travel to New Zealand without proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test, as of 1.59pm GMT, 12 September.

New Zealand  had some of the world’s strictest rules against Covid-19 has now relaxed nearly all domestic and international Covid-19 restrictions. The only  Covid-related restriction affecting sojourners is that persons who test positive for the virus must self-isolate for seven days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden at a news conference on Monday stated that requirements to wear face coverings would be ditched in all but health care settings and that New Zealand‘s traffic light system for risk of Covid-19 to the community would also be taken out.

Arden said: “It’s time to safely turn the page on our Covid-19 management, and live without the extraordinary measures we have previously used. Finally, rather than feeling that Covid dictates what happens to us, our lives, and our futures, we take back control”.

Here are the relaxed rules:

Travelers  need not show proof of vaccination or  evidence of a negative Covid-19 test for travel to New Zealand (as of 11.59pm NZT on 12 September), regardless of age.

Persons arriving will not be required for testing but encouraged to get free rapid test at the airport. it is however possible for travel operators will uphold all vaccine mandates for their several customers, as customers are encouraged to check with the several operators they patronize.


auckland travel to new zealand entry requirements scrapped

No visa is needed by UK travelers to enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to six months, while  UK tourists will need to be cleared by  New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before travel to the country.

It takes up to 72 hours for the visa waiver to be processed, though it can take as little as 10 minutes. And it may cost an average of  NZD $17 (£8.94) via the dedicated mobile app or NZD $23 (£12.10) if completed online.


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