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New Zealand To Re-Open To Fully Vaccinated Travelers starting on May.

The New Zealand government has brought forward plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated overseas arrivals after more than two years of Covid-19 travel curbs.

As of 1 May, travellers with a full course of a recognised Covid vaccine from around 60 countries on a visa-waiver list, which includes the UK, can enter the country without needing to isolate on arrival.

Fully vaccinated Australian visitors can return from 11.59pm on 12 April.

However, a negative pre-departure test is still required for most travellers. Visitors will also have to take a rapid antigen test on the day of arrival and on day five or six.

Sarah Handley, general manager for Americas & Europe for Tourism New Zealand, said the announcement will give the country’s tourism industry the "certainty and boost" it needs to ramp up efforts in international markets.

"It is truly exciting that international visitors will soon be able to visit Aotearoa New Zealand and experience the country’s warm welcome, or manaakitanga," she added.

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