Then from May 2, fully vaccinated travellers from about 60 visa-waiver countries including the UK, US, Germany, Canada, Japan and Singapore, will be permitted entry.

The full reopening of the border will take place in October 2022, but Prime Minister Jacinda Arden says that this could also be brought forward.

All arrivals will need to present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of boarding the flight to New Zealand, or a supervised rapid antigen test/LAMP test taken within 24 hours of departure.

Prime Minister Arden added: “Closing our border was one of the first actions we took to stop Covid-19, over two years ago, and its reopening will spur our economic recovery throughout the remainder of the year.”

She added: “We’re ready to welcome the world back… We are a safe place to visit and New Zealand will be ready with open arms.”

Malaysia and South Korea

Malaysia will reopen its borders on April 1, allowing international visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the country without quarantine.

Inbound visitors will be need to undergo pre-departure tests (RT-PCR) and upon-arrival tests (RTK-Antigen under professional supervision) 24 hours after arrival.