Unvaccinated travellers and air crew are now permitted to enter New Zealand following the removal of most Covid restrictions this week.

On Tuesday September 12 at 11.59pm the Covid-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system, was retired.

As a result, all government vaccine mandates will end in two weeks on September 26, and masks will now only be required in healthcare and aged care facilities.

Only those who test positive for Covid-19 will be required to isolate for seven days – household contacts will not, but they will need to undertake RATs daily.

New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality sectors have welcomed the removal of restrictions.

Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry, said the move will give travellers confidence to visit the region.

“We are delighted that New Zealand is opening up to the world and has retired the traffic light system,” she said.

“This move restores confidence in booking ahead and sees the return of no barriers to travel. Because of this decision the industry can look forward to a summer of improved demand and our teams are ready to give local and overseas visitors a warm welcome and memorable experiences.”