New Zealand announces 5-step plan to reopen country's borders after nearly 2 years

Jacinda Arden.
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New Zealand will begin a phased easing of its COVID-related border restrictions starting this month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday, per BBC News.

Beginning Feb. 27, fully-vaccinated New Zealand citizens, residents, and certain visa holders will be allowed in from Australia, and will not need to undergo a 10-day quarantine at a government-run facility, notes The Washington Post. Travelers will still need to self-quarantine, but they'll be allowed to do so at home.

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