New Zealand, known for having some of the strictest COVID-19 entry requirements in the world, is set to reopen to foreign travelers .

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Wednesday that the country would reopen its borders , first allowing fully-vaccinated nationals to enter without staying in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) before reopening its borders to international travelers. 

“Closing our border was one of the first steps we took to keep our country safe from COVID-19 and it’ll be the last thing we open up,” Hipkins said in the statement.

Fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travelers can enter without staying in MIQ –  staffed by a team of health professionals, hotel and government personnel –  from Australia starting Jan. 16 and from all other countries starting Feb. 13. 

On April 30, the country will begin

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