New Zealand to drop pre-travel test earlier than expected

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New Zealand, which solely opened to most worldwide guests on 1 April, has determined to drop its pre-travel Covid check requirement sooner than deliberate.

From Tuesday, 21 June, guests to the nation will now not must take a Covid check – presently required to be a PCR, supervised antigen or LAMP check – throughout the 48 hours earlier than departure.

A press release on the New Zealand authorities’s Covid-19 web site advises: “Travellers whose first worldwide flight to New Zealand departs after 11.59pm (NZT) 20 June 2022 don’t want pre-departure exams. This is applicable to individuals getting into New Zealand from wherever on this planet.

“In case your flight to New Zealand departs earlier than 11.59pm (NZT) 20 June 2022, you continue to want to fulfill pre-departure testing necessities.

“Most travellers nonetheless have to be vaccinated, and take two speedy antigen exams (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.”

Britons travelling to the nation will nonetheless want to supply proof of full vaccination, until they’ve a legitimate medical exemption, which have to be logged with authorities 72 hours earlier than your flight.

The nation’s Covid response minister Dr Ayesha Verrall stated: “Round 90 per cent of worldwide arrivals undertake their required testing as soon as they’re within the nation, with solely a 2-3 per cent positivity fee.

“We’ve taken a cautious and staged method to reopening our borders to make sure we aren’t overwhelmed with an inflow of Covid-19 instances.

“Our technique has labored and consequently it’s secure to carry pre-departure check necessities a lot before deliberate.”

New Zealand remained largely sealed off to the world in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, solely reopening to nations past Australia from the start of Could 2022.

Originally of the 12 months, the federal government introduced a wider phased reopening which started on 27 February.

Tourism minister Stuart Nash lately advised Journey Weekly that the nation had been hit onerous by the dearth of tourism over the previous two years.

He stated: “In sure areas of our nation, it’s been actually powerful. Locations like Queenstown, for instance, and Milford Sound – are a few of the iconic Kiwi locations down on the South Island that had an actual reliance on worldwide tourism.

“General we’ve actually missed worldwide vacationers.

“There’s a lot to see and do in New Zealand and there’s one thing for everybody, whether or not you’re into journey, tourism, snowboarding, positive wine and meals, and family and friends.”

From the 21 June rule change, British travellers will nonetheless must signal a Traveller Declaration and be issued a New Zealand Traveller Move earlier than travelling to New Zealand.

This entails registering your flight particulars, passport particulars, proof of vaccination, journey historical past for the earlier two weeks and make contact with particulars whereas in New Zealand with the authorities.

Leisure travellers going there for as much as six months additionally must pay for a New Zealand Digital Journey Authority (NZeTA) visa waiver for NZ$9 (£4.30) and a “Conservation and Tourism Levy” of NZ$35 (£18).

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