New Zealand to Reopen Border to Australia in April

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday morning that New Zealand would open its border to vaccinated Australian tourists starting April 12, 2022.

“Reopening in time for the upcoming Australian school holidays will help spur our economic recovery in the short term and is good news for the winter ski season,” Ardern said.

Officials said the wider opening to the rest of the world would likely be brought forward from October, while tourists from visa-waiver countries like the United States and the UK would be in May. 

The requirements for travelers include proof of vaccination and negative test result in a pre-departure test, and also quarantine upon arrival. 

The government said it would accept PCR tests, supervised LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification, also a nucleic test), or rapid antigen tests (RAT).

The government would also provide visitors with a RATs test upon arrival and another one on day five or six. 

Last year, the government delayed or changed several plans to reopen it due to the Delta coronavirus variant and Omicron.

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