New Zealand announces the country’s borders will reopen on 1 May - Cruise International

New Zealand announces the country’s borders will reopen on 1 May

By Claire Benktander | 16 Mar 2022

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Lake Pukaki. Credit: Casey Horner via Unsplash

The New Zealand government today announced that the country’s borders will reopen from 11:59pm on 1 May 2022 to vaccinated travellers from visa waiver countries which includes the UK.

Fully vaccinated travellers from visa waiver countries can travel to New Zealand without needing to isolate on arrival, on provision of a negative pre-departure test. Negative Rapid Antigen Tests [RAT] will be required on arrival and on day five/six.

The news comes as the UK government announced that from March 18th travellers returning to the UK would not require Passenger Locator Forms any more.

A traveller health declaration called Nau Mai Ra will also be mandatory for all travellers entering New Zealand from March 31, 2022.


Queenstown. Credit: Omer Faruk Bekdemir via Unsplash

Sarah Handley, General Manager for Americas & Europe for Tourism New Zealand said: “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.

“The announcement today will give our tourism industry the certainty and boost it needs to ramp up efforts in international markets.”

René de Monchy, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand said: “We look forward to welcoming manuhiri (visitors), family and friends back from April.

“New Zealand has plenty to offer international visitors from breathtaking landscapes, rare and remarkable wildlife to our rich culture and heritage; our people and place are what make us unique, and we look forward to sharing this with the world again.”

New experiences available to travellers in the region include several new hotels and attractions that have opened in New Zealand, with 13 hotels opening in Auckland alone since 2020.

Visitors can also look forward to new trails like Hokitika Gorge’s new extension, adventure tours like the new Glacier Heli-Hike on the West Coast, a revived cultural scene in Auckland and blockbuster events like the Rugby World Cup (2022) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup (2023).

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