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New Zealand Delays Phased Border Reopening Due to Omicron

  • Vaccinated citizens must wait until end of February to return
  • They were previously able to come back from mid-January
A checkpoint ahead at Uretiti on SH1 in Auckland on Dec. 15.

A checkpoint ahead at Uretiti on SH1 in Auckland on Dec. 15.

Photographer: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images 

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New Zealand is pushing back the phased reopening of its border until the end of February due to the threat of the omicron variant.

The delay “will increase New Zealand’s overall protection and slow omicron’s eventual spread,” Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said Tuesday in Wellington. Previously, the government said vaccinated New Zealand citizens could return from Australia without undergoing managed isolation from Jan. 17.