New Zealand announces 5 step border reopening plan, starting this month

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - Photo via Flicker

New Zealand is slowly starting to ease restrictions and gradually reopen borders. The country announced a five-step plan for loosening some of the world’s most restrictive Covid-19 measures, starting with allowing citizens in Australia, who have been fully vaccinated, to travel back home at the end of the month.

Vaccinated travellers will be free to enter on March 13, according to NZ PM Jacinda Ardern.

“Compulsory stays at state quarantine centres will be scrapped, but travellers will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, either at home or at another accommodation.”

1st Step – New Zealanders who have been fully vaccinated in Australia can come back home (NZ) on February 27.

Related news

2nd Step – Other nationalities that have been vaccinated will be free to visit from March 13. This goes for a number of “important and qualified” expatriates.

3rd Step – From April 12, up to 5,000 international students will be permitted to enter the country.

4th Step – Australians, along with other tourists, who regularly travel to New Zealand without a visa, are likely to be able to visit as soon as July.

5th Step – From October, anyone with a visa will be free to visit.

Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, New Zealand has been strict about its border control and tried its best to shield the virus from entering the country.


Covid-19 NewsWorld News

Thaiger Talk

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.


Pete is a writer for The Thaiger, and he writes various topics from news, travel and property. His main focus is writing about Thai news, and what is happening in Thailand.

Related Articles