New Zealand to Open Borders to All International Travellers in July 2022

New Zealand Borders Set to Fully Reopen in July 2022

Finally, New Zealand is welcoming travellers from all over the world!

We come to you with even better news, travel lovers! New Zealand will open its borders to the rest of the world starting in July 2022.

After two years of relying heavily on strict border controls to mitigate COVID-19, New Zealand borders are set to fully reopen. The country’s government announced a new and faster timetable for welcoming travellers from across the globe — set three months earlier than initially planned. Although, visitors and returning citizens will still have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the country.

Also read: 10 Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Visit New Zealand

Latest updates on New Zealand borders reopening

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Starting 31 Jul 2022, travellers and visa holders from around the world will be welcome in NZ. Originally, this has been set for October, but the government agreed to carry forward the reopening as long as it was considered safe to do so. This also means that the country is fully open to businesses, families, and migrant communities. 

According to Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, the full reopening of New Zealand is part of a bigger immigration scheme. This shakeup includes reorganising immigration pathways to attract skilled workers back to the country, extending visas for migrants, and allowing cruise ships and international students to return. 

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Earlier in May, New Zealand already started to welcome international visitors from over 50 visa-waiver countries and territories. These include the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Singapore. Thus, with its newest border reopening timeline and by lifting its remaining pandemic restrictions, New Zealand can reconnect with the rest of the world. 

While COVID-19 is still an ongoing public health issue, most of New Zealand’s population is fully vaccinated and the virus is widespread. This being said, strict border controls and tight travel restrictions are no longer effective as regulatory measures. Still, all international travellers must undergo pre-departure testing processes before entering the country.

Also read: 15 Useful Māori Phrases & Basic Greetings for Your Future Trip to New Zealand + Fun Facts!

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