All air travellers who are usually not New Zealand residents should be totally vaccinated to enter the nation.
New Zealand has introduced tighter border restrictions as new instances of COVID-19 emerged in areas beforehand freed from the coronavirus.
“We’re introducing the requirement for air travellers aged 17 and over, who are usually not New Zealand residents, to be totally vaccinated to enter New Zealand,” Christ Hipkins, the minister for COVID-19 response, stated on Sunday.
The nationwide flag provider Air New Zealand additionally introduced it was introducing a “no jab, no fly” coverage for passengers on all worldwide flights from February 1.
The nation has been vastly profitable at containing the virus – reporting simply 27 deaths in a inhabitants of 5 million – largely because of tight border controls and lockdowns, permitting pre-pandemic life to principally resume.
However the upped border restrictions come as the town of Hamilton and neighbouring Raglan city had been put right into a five-day lockdown, with solely important motion permitted, after two folks examined constructive.
The instances are usually not believed to be related to the newest outbreak in Auckland, 160 kilometres (99 miles) away.
The town of two million has been in lockdown for practically seven weeks as officers grapple with an outbreak of the extremely transmissible Delta variant that has to this point contaminated 1,320 folks.
About 2,000 folks attended an anti-lockdown rally in Auckland over the weekend, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the demonstration as “a whole slap within the face” for individuals who had been abiding by the strict guidelines banning public gatherings.
“It was unlawful and in addition it was morally fallacious,” she stated.
New Zealand is pursuing a “COVID zero” elimination technique.
It had been freed from group transmission for six months earlier than the newest Auckland outbreak.
The prime minister has stated strict lockdowns can finish if 90 % of the eligible inhabitants is totally vaccinated, contrasting with the present 46 %.
“We’ve got a distinct method to COVID inside our sights, and in our arms,” Ardern stated on Sunday.
“In order all of us look forward and take into consideration summer season, and the plans we’re making, make step one a vaccine. It’s the factor that may make these summer season plans attainable.”