New Zealand unveils phased border reopening plan from end of February

New Zealand has announced that it will begin reopening to the world, signaling an end to nearly two years of tough border rules that have separated families and shut out almost all foreigners.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlined a five-step plan that will allow New Zealand citizens to start traveling from Australia later this month. They will need to self-isolate on arrival but they won’t need to go into state-run quarantine facilities.

By July, people from Australia or visa waiver countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, and many European nations will be able to enter New Zealand and self-isolate on arrival. The government website states that “self-isolation can be in one’s home or suitable alternative accommodation.

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