This story was first published on August 13, 2021, and updated on March 22, 2022.
As the world slowly begins to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers, New Zealand has announced that travellers from countries that have visa-free arrangements with New Zealand will be allowed to enter the country from May 1 (and yes, that includes Singapore).
In an announcement by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden on March 16, it was said that New Zealand will scrap its strict border controls because the country’s world-leading pandemic response has made it “a safe place to visit”.
“We’re ready to welcome the world back. I’m proud that New Zealand is a country able at this moment in time to provide a safe place for our tourists to return to,” Ardern told reporters.
This arrangement will begin with Australia on April 12. Vaccinated Australians can enter New Zealand without needing to undergo quarantine or self-isolation.
This will be expanded to countries with visa-free arrangements with New Zealand such as Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Northern Hemisphere from May 1.
This move is expected to provide a major and much-needed boost for New Zealand’s struggling tourism industry.
“We are ready to safely move into a new chapter of our management of the pandemic, this change brings with it huge economic opportunities,” she said.