Self-isolation removal a positive step
Government announced yesterday the removal of requirements for travellers to self-isolate on arrival to New Zealand.
Self-isolation requirements for vaccinated kiwi returnees will be lifted from 11.59pm on Wednesday for those returning from Australia. Previously, these travellers would have needed to self-isolate for seven days.
Kiwis will also be able to return to New Zealand from the rest of the world from midnight on Friday, more than a week earlier than previously announced.
Development West Coast Chief Executive Heath Milne said the removal of self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated travellers is the right move.
“With Omicron already widespread in New Zealand, international travellers pose little risk.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern indicated a decision could be made by mid-March on opening the borders to all travellers.
Mr Milne welcomed news that the border reopening will happen quicker than expected.
“The past two years have been incredibly challenging for many, particularly those in South Westland who rely heavily on international visitors.
“Our tourism industry now needs firm dates on when our borders will fully reopen, so operators can begin planning for their own recovery.”