New Zealand fully reopens to tourists after two-year lockdown
Now tourists from 60 visa-free countries , including the USA, Canada, Great Britain, the European Union, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. can organize a trip “to the ends of the world” for the first time since two years of the world's toughest pandemic response.
First flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco landed at Oakland Airport and were presented with popular locally produced chocolate bars. Vaccinated travelers must have a recent negative test for COVID-19 and, upon arrival, undergo another, self-test for coronavirus. The unvaccinated may be allowed entry from October, provided the government doesn't lift restrictions sooner.
More than 30,000 people are expected to fly into New Zealand every week — this is more than during the pandemic, when entry was allowed only to its own citizens and persons with a residence permit, but significantly less than the normal level, which was about 25,000 people daily.