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New Zealand opens its borders to countries like Singapore

The Land of the Long Cloud is finally accepting international visitors again. The New Zealand government announced today (March 16) that the country’s borders will reopen on May 1 at 11:59 p.m. to visa-exempt countries, including Singapore, to travel to New Zealand without having to isolate on arrival.

That’s exactly it – there’s no need for quarantine or self-isolation anymore. This is a huge change from ‘Fortress New Zealand’ and its strict travel restrictions, where all international travelers had to serve two weeks of quarantine in managed isolation facilities.

Vaccinated Australians will be allowed entry from 11:59 p.m. April 12 without having to self-isolate on arrival, before similar rules come into effect for international visitors from visa-free countries in May. This will also apply to other countries with visa-free agreements, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Canada and various others. However, this does not apply to travelers from certain countries such as China and India. As they need visas to visit, they will still have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Those entering must always present a negative test before departure and take rapid antigen tests on arrival and on the fifth or sixth day.

It remains to be seen whether Singapore will set up a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with New Zealand. We have high hopes though, as New Zealand already has a 95% double vaccination rate for ages 12+. Either way, this news brings us one step closer to this incredible nation and its breathtaking landscapes, thrilling adventure activities and rich culture. For a reminder of all that New Zealand has to offer, check out this beautiful (and cheeky) movie trailer style video teasing his return to international travel.

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