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New Zealand Announces Plan to Reopen Its Borders
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country would begin to ease strict border controls and quarantine rules for citizens and travelers who have received at least two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Today I’m announcing that the fully vaccinated Kiwis and other currently eligible travelers from Australia will be able to travel to New Zealand from 11:59 p.m. Sunday 27 February. And instead of going into MIQ, will be able to self-isolate. In step two, just two weeks later, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other currently eligible travelers from the rest of the world will also be able to travel into New Zealand without going through MIQ. While we will no longer require people to enter managed isolation, at this stage travelers will be asked to follow broadly the same requirements we have in New Zealand for people who are deemed close contacts at the time of their travel. That means currently returning New Zealanders will need to self-isolate for 10 days. But as the isolation period drops for close contacts here in New Zealand, as it does in Phase 2 of our Omicron response, so too will returnees only need to isolate for seven days.
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