New Zealand’s Government releases expert advice on border reopening

    New Zealand‘s Government released (11-Aug-2021) expert advice from the Strategic COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group led by Professor Sir David Skegg on how to approach the reopening of New Zealand’s borders. The advice, commissioned by New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall, suggests a phased reopening of New Zealand’s border once the vaccination programme is fully rolled out, and sets out the preparatory work needed now. Ms Verrall said: “The emergence of the Delta variant has altered both the advice provided and our approach to reconnecting with the world”, adding “We need to do more to further strengthen our borders and bolster our health defences”. New Zealand’s Minister for COVID-19 Response, Education and Public Service Chris Hipkins stated: “The Group recommends a phased approach to slowly admitting more travellers to New Zealand, without needing to go into MIQ, based on risk based factors such as their vaccination status and the state of the pandemic in their country of origin”. The advice also confirms the viability of maintaining New Zealand’s Elimination Strategy as international travel resumes.

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