Sumary of NZ allows returning Kiwis from January 17:
- New Zealanders in other countries will be able to follow suit from February 14, and non-Kiwis can come from April 30.COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said vaccination rates meant “the time is right to carefully start the reopening of our borders”.
- “Mr Hipkins said the first two dates were “locked in” and people should make plans, with some ambiguity around the April 30 date based on public health advice.
- The decision to delay the reopening to January will see many trans-Tasman families kept apart over ChristmasMr Hipkins acknowledged the suffering, but said the system was crucial in minimising the impact of coronavirus in New Zealand.
- “When it comes to COVID-19, there are often no easy decisions,” he said.