When can residents and tourists return to New Zealand and Australia?

Australia and New Zealand have announced cautious plans to reopen their borders in recent days, but there’s still a way to go before tourists are allowed back.

Vaccinated visitors can travel to New Zealand early next year, it was announced today (24 November), while Australia’s timeframe is still taking shape.

Both countries took swift action to shut their borders at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, among strict measures that have ensured a relatively low number of deaths from COVID-19: just under 2,000 in Australia and 40 in New Zealand.

With vaccination rates reportedly now over 80 per cent of the population in the neighbouring nations, and the Delta-variant spread

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