world

New Zealand welcomes back vaccinated tourists as pandemic rules eased

26 Comments
By NICK PERRY

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.


26 Comments
Login to comment

New Zealand welcomed tourists from Japan

Oh look Japan, it’s actually possible to do it.

That means Japan is only about 8-12 months away from considering to do it. Yay!

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Because New Zealanders have brains to weigh the pros and cons and are smart enough to adapt to changes and various situations.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Despite the neigh sayers and the circumstances, NZ has hardly put a foot wrong in dealing with COVID (yes they were a bit too strict on allowing NZers to come home sooner).

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Because New Zealanders have brains to weigh the pros and cons and are smart enough to adapt to changes and various situations.

Hey!! We're not all as socially inept here as our government are, y'know! :)

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

NZ has hardly put a foot wrong in dealing with COVID

They've been the best at dealing with COVID, I reckon. Certainly better than here

-9 ( +8 / -17 )

That means Japan is only about 8-12 months away from considering to do it. Yay!

You mean "considering to announce the possibility of planning to discuss about devising a plan to consider doing a press conference about a plan to consider if doing it is possible"?

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Stop expecting government to care for you and care yourself.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

They've been the best at dealing with COVID, I reckon. Certainly better than here

Absolutely.

No GoTo, moldy Abenomasks and subsidizing business owners who laid off most of their workforce.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Very surprising that they beat Japan in doing this considering they had a hard lockdown. The common law legal and political systems are very flexible.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

RecklessToday  03:21 pm JST

Very surprising that they beat Japan in doing this considering they had a hard lockdown. The common law legal and political systems are very flexible.

Nail, meet hammer.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

> kyushubillToday  02:55 pm JST

Stop expecting government to care for you and care yourself.

What does that even mean?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Be vaccinated means how many shots.

I can go to Europe just with test result why on earth go to NZ?

There is nothing interesting anyway.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

There are sheep and interesting views.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I’m no scholar in New Zealand politics… I can only rely on google…. So how is it even remotely possible, that a democratically elected government from a required by law mixed bag of political parties, successfully impose near zero Covid policies , restrictions, a hard lockdown …. And turn that into the role model of success in the fight against Covid??? Yet here in Japan , the daily regurgitated misinformation is that literally everything that’s been successful in New Zealand and other countries around the world just won’t work in Japan? I’m sure glad the jgov doesn’t listen or even pay attention to the naysaying minority here who have and still continue to whine about restrictions that we’ve never had . Never had a single mandate imposed on residents. Whining on and on about strict border controls when New Zealand even had them on their own citizens. Some may try to spin this into me saying I “want” a lockdown when the fact is, I’ve never once stated that. I have stated and it is still my position that a true lockdown was needed and may become necessary in the future. We are no where near where we need to be . Luckily, the jgov is following sound science to determine when they might loosen up the borders a bit . There is literally no need to at this time.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I’m no scholar in New Zealand politics… 

Or infectious diseases.... But putting that aside, what success in NZ are you referring to? What am I missing?

NZ still has covid circulating despite all their efforts. Opening the border is an acknowledgment that it can't be eradicated and that the cost benefit now favours opening back up to the world.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Thank you for your kind words fuzzy . Oops …. I mean Chandler Halderson…. I am however a scholar of scientific diseases…. What are you missing? My bad …. I gave you too much credit for your ability to comprehend basic English.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Great too see, and they really need the tourism I hear, not like us we don’t need any , we’re happy in the dark breeding our own mutations.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Stop expecting government to care for you and care yourself.

What does that even mean?

No taxes! Off the grid, man! Tarmac our own roads! Private healthcare! Herbal remedies! Build my own airport with my own immigration rules!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Larr FlintToday  03:23 pm JST

Be vaccinated means how many shots.

I can go to Europe just with test result why on earth go to NZ?

There is nothing interesting anyway.

Depends on your own interests, doesn't it?

If you are interested in some of the most beautiful nature in the world, some of the best ski fields and beaches then go to NZ. If you are interested in meeting people who are regarded as the most honest and friendly in the world, well, you might be interested in NZ. Ever wondered what one of the least corrupt and most progressive nations on Earth looks like? NZ might be interesting. If you are interested to see the very last place on Earth occupied by humans, NZ might peak your interest. Need I go on?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Bob FosseToday  06:28 pm JST

Stop expecting government to care for you and care yourself.

What does that even mean?

No taxes! Off the grid, man! Tarmac our own roads! Private healthcare! Herbal remedies! Build my own airport with my own immigration rules!

Well, if you are interested in living on a deserted island by yourself, go for it. I'm happy living in an organised society with everything I need and everything is taken care of for me and my family.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, if you are interested in living on a deserted island by yourself, go for it. I'm happy living in an organised society with everything I need and everything is taken care of for me and my family.

Bob was being sarcastic I suppose but it show the difference between the responses of NZ and Japan.

NZ rolled out subsidies directly to the populace on a weekly/monthly basis before implementing a lockdown.

Japan left workers to twist in the wind while gifting money directly to affected business owners. And not even instituting a payroll protection scheme mandating tat stimulus money to business be contingent wth maintaining a percentage of staff wages.

Business owners are the ones who expect government to care for them in a crisis, and they are almost always cared for generously.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

No taxes! Off the grid, man! Tarmac our own roads! Private healthcare! Herbal remedies! Build my own airport with my own immigration rules!

Well, if you are interested in living on a deserted island by yourself, go for it. I'm happy living in an organised society with everything I need and everything is taken care of for me and my family

Let’s be realistic letsberealistic.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

New Zealand welcomed tourists from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in more than two years Monday after dropping most of its remaining pandemic border restrictions.

Way to tough it out NZ.

Steven MccarthyToday  04:36 pm JST

…. So how is it even remotely possible, that a democratically elected government from a required by law mixed bag of political parties, successfully impose near zero Covid policies , restrictions, a hard lockdown …. And turn that into the role model of success in the fight against Covid??? Yet here in Japan , the daily regurgitated misinformation is that literally everything that’s been successful in New Zealand and other countries around the world just won’t work in Japan?

Right on. And most of the world is even in denial that the zero covid policy is the reason why China has the lowest rate of Covid infections and related deaths in the world.

Very basic concept--you don't come into contact with people, you won't get infected.

Bob FosseToday  06:28 pm JST

No taxes! Off the grid, man! Tarmac our own roads! Private healthcare! Herbal remedies! Build my own airport with my own immigration rules!

NZ must be heaven for progressive left extremists.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Thailand just opened up as well. And looking forward to tourists.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Tourists will need to be vaccinated and to test themselves for the virus before and after arriving.

Well, that's gonna be a problem. I'll stick to the UK for the time being.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Right on. And most of the world is even in denial that the zero covid policy is the reason why China has the lowest rate of Covid infections and related deaths in the world.

You demonstrated that is false with several sources, why insist on something you yourself proved is false?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites