New Zealand plans to permit quarantine-free entry to vaccinated travellers from low-risk international locations from early subsequent 12 months as a part of a phased reopening of its borders that have been shut final 12 months as a result of pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned on Thursday.
Ardern mentioned the federal government will transfer to a brand new particular person risk-based mannequin for quarantine-free journey from the primary quarter of 2022 that may set up low-, medium- and high-risk pathways into the nation.
Vaccinated travellers from low-risk international locations can journey quarantine-free, whereas these from medium- and high-risk international locations must undergo a mixture of quarantine measures starting from self-isolation to spending 14 days in quarantine.
“We’re simply not in a position to a fully reopen just yet. When we move we will be careful and deliberate, because we want to move with confidence and with as much certainty as possible,” Ardern mentioned in a speech at a discussion board about reconnecting New Zealanders to the world.
Ardern has received international plaudits for holding native transmission of COVID-19 via a strict elimination technique. The nation has recorded simply 2,500 instances and 26 deaths.
Ardern mentioned a self-isolation pilot undertaking might be began this 12 months, and new testing and vaccine checking programs might be arrange on the borders.
The nation may also pace up its vaccination rollout with all eligible ages in a position to ebook of their vaccine by Sept. 1, Ardern mentioned. It may also transfer to a six-week hole between doses to make sure extra New Zealanders are at the least partially vaccinated.
Ardern mentioned the federal government will keep its elimination technique.
“If we give up our elimination approach too soon there is no going back, and we could see significant breakouts here like some countries overseas are experiencing who have opened up early in their vaccination rollout,” Ardern mentioned.
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