All the rules Aussies need to know for flying to New Zealand as Covid travel restrictions lift – What We Know!

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New Zealand has welcomed again vacationers from greater than 50 visa-waiver nations after two years of Covid border restrictions, however arrivals will nonetheless have to fulfill entry necessities referring to the virus.

Australians had been granted entry three weeks in the past – with greater than 4,000 on board 11 flights upon resumption of trans-Tasman journey, and as of Monday travellers from dozens extra nations had been allowed to go to.

Vaccinated vacationers and everlasting residents can enter New Zealand offered they’ve a damaging pre-departure take a look at.

They have to both current proof of a damaging PCR COVID-19 take a look at taken not more than 48 hours earlier than departing for New Zealand, or a supervised Fast Antigen Check (RAT) inside 24 hours of boarding their flight. 

Upon arrival, travellers should self-test once more, and offered the result’s once more damaging they don’t must quarantine. 

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Vacationers, mates, and households welcomed at Auckland Worldwide Airport after New Zealand reopened its borders to worldwide travellers on Monday

Since 2020, the arrival terminals at New Zealand’s worldwide airports have been desolate because the nation swiftly imposed among the world’s strictest Covid border controls. 

Nevertheless, on Monday Auckland’s worldwide airport was crammed with tears, hugs, and waiata (Māori music) as the primary overseas visitors, except for Aussies, had been welcomed into the nation for the reason that starting of the pandemic. 

Absolutely-vaccinated travellers from an extended checklist of nations across the globe, together with Japan, U.S, UK, Canada and most of Europe at the moment are free to enter the nation with out having to quarantine in a lodge. 

From Monday, fully-vaccinated travellers from a list of more than 50 visa-waiver countries can now enter the country

From Monday, fully-vaccinated travellers from a listing of greater than 50 visa-waiver nations can now enter the nation

Before the spread of Covid-19, more than three million tourists visited each year, accounting for 20% of New Zealand¿s foreign income and more than 5% of the overall economy

Earlier than the unfold of Covid-19, greater than three million vacationers visited every year, accounting for 20% of New Zealand’s overseas revenue and greater than 5% of the general financial system

Air New Zealand has since added an additional 96 trans-Tasman flights throughout Might and June; a rise of roughly 20,000 seats with ski season looming.

The nation has lengthy been famend for its breathtaking surroundings and journey tourism choices corresponding to bungy leaping and snowboarding. 

Earlier than the unfold of COVID-19, greater than 3 million vacationers visited every year, accounting for 20% of New Zealand’s overseas revenue and greater than 5% of the general financial system.

Nevertheless, worldwide tourism stopped altogether in early 2020 after New Zealand first pursued an elimination technique after which tried to tightly management the unfold of the virus. 

The unfold of omicron and vaccinations of greater than 80% of New Zealand’s 5 million inhabitants prompted the gradual easing of restrictions.

‘As we speak is a day to have a good time, and is an enormous second in our reconnection with the world,’ stated Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left) and Australia's High Commissioner to New Zealand Ms Harinder Sidhu (right) welcomed Australian tourists in April. Vaccinated Aussies and permanent residents are eligible for quarantine-free travel with a negative Covid

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left) and Australia’s Excessive Commissioner to New Zealand Ms Harinder Sidhu (proper) welcomed Australian vacationers in April. Vaccinated Aussies and everlasting residents are eligible for quarantine-free journey with a damaging Covid

At Auckland Airport, flights bringing in vacationers started touchdown from early within the morning, coming in direct from locations together with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

The border reopening will assist increase tourism forward of New Zealand’s upcoming ski season. However the actual take a look at of how a lot the tourism trade rebounds will are available December, when the height summer time season begins within the Southern Hemisphere nation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated greater than 90,000 individuals had booked flights to New Zealand within the seven weeks for the reason that reopening was introduced and 21 worldwide flights had been scheduled to land Monday in Auckland.

‘Our tourism trade have felt the results of the worldwide pandemic acutely, and are working exhausting to organize,’ she stated.

Ardern stated there have been no rapid plans to ease virus testing and vaccination necessities for vacationers.

Most vacationers from India, China and different non-waiver nations are nonetheless not allowed to enter.