Vaccination and testing: New Zealand opens to visitors from all over the world on July 31st

Since the beginning of the month, guests from several visa-exempt countries have been allowed to enter New Zealand. This also includes Germany. But soon the island state wants to open up again completely.

New Zealand will reopen its borders to travelers from all over the world for the first time on July 31 – two months earlier than originally planned. “New Zealand is in demand and then completely open for business again,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Since the beginning of May, visitors from 60 visa-waiver countries have been allowed to enter the Pacific state, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Model state in the fight against the virus

inbound must be at least twice vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, there are exceptions. It is recommended that you check the rules with the New Zealand authorities. Currently, visitors also have to take a corona test before leaving their home country and another when entering New Zealand. The obligation to test could also be abolished from the end of July, but no final decision has yet been made, as reported by the New Zealand media.

New Zealand, with its five million inhabitants, has long been considered a model country in the fight against the virus. The island state had largely isolated itself from the outside world in March 2020 and at times pursued a so-called zero-Covid strategy. In the meantime, however, the country has recorded more than a million cases because of the highly contagious omicron variant. (dpa)

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