COVID-19 media conference — border announcement

Watch the latest update on our borders reopening.

The COVID-19 media conference starts at 11:30am.


  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Minister for Tourism Hon Stuart Nash

Media conference

Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

The Government is bringing forward the date for opening the border to tourists in time for the Australian school holidays, in a move that will help accelerate the economic recovery from COVID-19.

From 11:59pm Tuesday 12 April, Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand isolation-free, and then 2 and a half weeks later from 11:59pm Sunday 1 May, vaccinated travellers from visa-waiver countries such as the large tourist markets of the UK, US, Japan, Germany, Korea and Singapore, and those with valid visitor visas, will be able to arrive.

Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

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