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New Zealand border opening: Seven-day isolation ‘excessive’, ‘nonsense’, tourism industry leaders say

A seven-day self-isolate isolation requirement for arrivals to New Zealand when borders open next year has been labelled “nonsense” and “excessive” by tourism industry leaders.

On Wednesday Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins outlined a reopening plan for New Zealand’s international borders, which have been closed since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

From January 17 New Zealand will start welcoming arrivals from Australia without the need to enter MIQ. They will instead be allowed to self-isolate at home for a week with a Covid-19 test required on arrival and a final negative test needed before entering the community. From April 30, New Zealand will start to reopen to all fully vaccinated foreign nationals.

Flight Centre NZ managing director David Coombes said it was excited at the prospect of international borders reopening but the announcement had not gone far enough.

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