As of this year, New Zealand will not be opening its borders to the rest of the world. According to Jacinda Arden, the country’s border will remain closed until at least the end of the year.
In a speech, she announced that the government will ramp up its COVID-19 vaccination program in order to prepare for a phased reopening of its borders. Their ultimate goal, she said, is to get all vaccinated travelers out of quarantine, and that they are not yet ready to reopen fully.
Priority one, she said, is vaccinating the country’s entire population by the end of 2021.
Coronavirus pandemic has been successfully contained in New Zealand, according to recent news reports.
According to her, vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries will be allowed to visit the country without quarantine, while those from higher-risk countries will be required to undergo quarantine or to stay in quarantine for 14 days when the country reopens next year.
COVID-19 outbreaks in New Zealand have been contained, according to reports. The Prime Minister has been praised for her handling of the pandemic.
Infection rates have reportedly been kept low by strict measures such as lockdowns and border controls.
According to her, if they can safely transition from a border defense to individual armour of the vaccine based on scientific evidence, that is the direction they will go in.