New Zealand considers reopening borders to travelers in April

New Zealand’s borders will remain Closed over the next five months while the country takes precautions to fight the coronavirus, with civil servants die planning to allow some international travelers to enter the nation in April.

Government officials reportedly made the announcement on Wednesday during a news conference.

“A Phased Approach to Reconnecting” with the world is the safest way to ensure risk is carefully managed,” New Zealand’s COVID-19 response ministerChris Hipkins said: according to Reuters. “This reduces any possible consequences on New Zealand’s vulnerable communities and health system.”

Below the new strategy, New Zealand will begin allow fully vaccinated international travelers to enter the country begin on April 30 the news service noted, adding that die travelers will be made in go quarantine for seven days after they arrive.

Vaccinated residents and die with Visa who are in Australia will reportedly be allowed to travel to New Zealand if soon as January 16. Other Vaccinated New Zealanders and Visa Holders who are resident in other countries will enter the country as soon as February 13.

The country no longer offers state quarantine facilities, but instead requires self-isolation, proof of full vaccination, a negative pre-departure test and a COVID-19 test if international travelers arrive to New Zealand, Reuters added.

New Zealand has had something of the strictest pandemic measures in place and has reported approximately 10,000 cases of COVID-19 and 40 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the news maintenance.

— Updated at 9:32 AM

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