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  • New Zealand to reopen its borders

    New Zealand has finally set a date for the return of international students to the country. The bad news? Students will have to wait until October for normal visa processing to resume, which would mean on-campus studies won’t be possible until 2023.

    The Kiwi government has recently announced a new plan for the New Zealand border opening to vaccinated travellers, including international students, across five stages in 2022. With this system, international travellers will no longer have to register for a managed isolation (MIQ) spot. Instead, they will have the option of self-isolating at home. For now, this is capped at 10 days. 

    Unvaccinated travellers, and those who do not meet New Zealand’s vaccination requirements, who are eligible to enter New Zealand will continue to enter MIQ, said the government.

    The five-step plan includes:

    • From Feb.27, 2022, fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents from Australia can return home from Feb.27, 2022
    • From March 13, 2022, fully vaccinated citizens worldwide can arrive. This also applies to travellers on a working holiday scheme and skilled workers
    • From April 12, 2022, up to 5,000 international students are allowed into the country
    • From July 2022, fully vaccinated Australians and all other visitors who can normally travel visa-free to New Zealand are expected to be able to travel
    • From October 2022, All visa categories will reopen, including visitor and student visas

    Travellers are still required to conduct a pre-departure test to be eligible to enter New Zealand. They will be given three free rapid antigen tests at the airport to be used on day zero or one, on day five or six, and one spare. They will have to take a PCR test if any one of those turns out positive. 

    Other countries such as the UK have scrapped pre-departure testing requirements for international students. 

    Source:Govt. Nz

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