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Niue welcomes visitors

Ahead of reopening for quarantine-free travel next week, the Niue government has launched a new traveller declaration form for passengers seeking a pass, beginning June 28. This new declaration replaces the current Niue contact form.

“The new online system requires travellers to upload their flight number and date of arrival, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 pre-departure test results, or exemption documents and also proof of travel insurance for non-residents and essential workers only,” the Niue government outlined.

Niue will open for quarantine-free travel through New Zealand next week. Picture: Niue Tourism.

“The system will assess travellers’ information for approval, and travellers will be issued a unique Niue Traveller Pass. Passengers will need the pass, which will contain a unique QR code, to board their flight, and will also be required to present it at Customs upon arrival in Niue.”

All passengers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and flights are only available through New Zealand.

Niue authorities earlier said that all arrivals would also be required to take PCR tests on the first and third day after landing, though this rule won’t apply to children under three years of age.

Anyone travelling from outside of New Zealand must meet the country’s border entry requirements, which have been eased for Niue travellers.

Humpback whales nurse their young in Niue, where people are allowed to swim with the whales. Picture: Niue Tourism

Quarantine-free travel and weekly passenger flights were announced last month and welcomed by Niue’s Premier, Dalton Tagelagi after two-years of border restrictions.

“Two-way quarantine-free travel is a significant step for Niue’s COVID-19 recovery, and it will mean families can reconnect, commercial arrangements can resume, and our families can visit their homes in Niue.”

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Niue has been one of the only destinations to keep Covid-19 at bay and recorded its first case in March this year, with only a single active case reported as of June 17.

At a land size of 260km, the population is less than 2,000 people and nearly everyone (over 99 per cent) is vaccinated.

Weekly flights to Niue are serviced by Air New Zealand and cruising is still not permitted for yachts, cruise ships and other sea vessels, except for emergencies.

 

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