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New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to almost all travellers in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The country could stay shut to international visitors for most of this year, according to prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who warned that travel could only restart safely when a high enough proportion of the population has been vaccinated against Covid-19, or if authorities have assurances that those vaccinated cannot transmit the virus.
However, Ms Ardern added that New Zealand would continue to pursue travel bubbles with Australia and other Pacific nations, but that the rest of the world “poses too great a risk to our health and economy” right now.
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