The name Tokelau is a Polynesian word meaning "North Wind". The islands were named the Union Islands and Union Group by European explorers at an unknown time. Tokelau Islands was adopted as the name in 1946, and was contracted to Tokelau on 9 December 1976.
But due to the pandemic, their borders have mostly remained closed to international travel since March 2020 ... No travel to Australia yet (Picture ... Currently, fully-vaccinated travellers from New Zealand, Japan and Singapore are allowed to enter the country ... However, the country remains sadly closed to most UK travellers, even fully-vaccinated ones.
In this Oceanian country, all travel is prohibited, and borders are closed ... ALSO READ .Travel year 2022 ... Tokelau ... This is the reason Tokelau has kept Covid cases at bay as even before the travel restrictions imposed due to the virus, it wasn’t a popular tourist destination ... ALSO READ .Here’s the ultimate travel checklist for solo travellers.
Papers from the same document dump show how ambitious "travel bubble" ideas were before the Delta variant sent New Zealand back into lockdown this year ...Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga were deemed logical contenders for the next travel bubble in May, a different official paper shows.
The Pacific Ocean island was one of the few nations to have escaped the impact of the pandemic, partly due to it closing its borders to almost all travellers ... NZ will also allow travellers from low-risk countries - Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tokelau - to bypass hotel quarantine altogether from November 8.
“We’re also expanding one-way quarantine free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to include travelers from those countries and Tokelau who have the right to reside permanently in New Zealand and people covered by border exceptions, from 8 November," the minister said.
Jacinda Ardern has begun reopening New Zealand to travellers by halving the nation's quarantine requirements and removing them entirely for a select few countries ... NZ will also allow travellers from low-risk countries - Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tokelau - to bypass hotel quarantine altogether from November 8.
The country, which enforces some of the strictest policies in the world against the Covid-19 pandemic, will also expand one-way quarantine-free travel to include fully vaccinated travelers from the Pacific Island nations of Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, and those eligible from Tokelau, on Nov.
Some of this will be taken up by community cases but some will go into the booking system for travellers from overseas. The second step will reopen the border to low-risk travellers from Samoa, Tonga and Tokelau without isolation. This one-way quarantine-free travel will begin from 8 November.
Meanwhile, New Zealand is also expanding one-way quarantine free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to include travelers from those countries and Tokelau who have the right to reside permanently in New Zealand and people covered by border exceptions, from Nov ...Pacific travelers must be fully vaccinated, unless they are New Zealand citizens.