New Zealand fully opened its borders after covid, restrictions lasted two and a half years | World

While most visitors entering New Zealand territory will still need to be fully vaccinated, travelers do not need to quarantine upon arrival.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the country’s reopening a wonderful moment, adding that the move must be approached with caution, reports BBC website.

New Zealand announced a gradual reopening plan in February. In the first wave, it allowed vaccinated citizens to return from Australia, in March those who had been in other countries could also return to the country. In May, the island state began receiving tourists from more than 50 countries, including the Czech Republic.

The severe and long-lasting travel restrictions had a significant impact on the country’s economy, with tourism the hardest hit. For the year to March 2021, tourism’s share of the country’s GDP fell to 2.9 percent from 5.5 percent the previous year.

According to official data, international tourism fell by 91.5 percent, from 16.2 billion New Zealand dollars (244 billion crowns) to 1.5 billion New Zealand dollars (22.8 billion crowns). The number of people directly employed in tourism also fell by more than 72,000 during this period.

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