New Zealand drops mandatory vaccination requirement for travelers

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Unvaccinated travelers and air crew are now allowed to enter New Zealand after most Covid restrictions were removed this week.

On Tuesday, September 12 at 11:59 p.m., the Covid-19 protective framework, also known as the traffic light system, was removed.

As a result, all government vaccination mandates will end in two weeks on September 26, and masks will now only be required in health care and aged care facilities.

Only those who test positive for Covid-19 will need to self-isolate for seven days – household contacts will not, but they will need to undertake daily RATs.

New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality sectors welcomed the removal of restrictions.

Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry said the move will give travelers the confidence to visit the area.

“We are delighted that New Zealand is opening up to the world and has retired the traffic light system,” she said.

“This decision restores confidence in advance booking and sees the return of barrier-free travel. With this decision, the industry can expect a summer of improved demand and our teams are ready to offer local and foreign visitors a warm welcome and memorable experiences.

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