Easter Island reopens to tourists after more than two years
, 2022-08-08 02:00:00,
The remote island of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, has reopened to international travellers after being closed to tourists for more than two years.
On 4 August, the Pacific island welcomed 230 tourists after 868 days of border closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the world’s most isolated travel destinations, Rapa Nui is most famous for its ‘Moai’ guardian statues, ancestral figures carved from volcanic rock between 1250 and 1500 AD.
Tourists who want to visit one of the last places in the world to ease Covid travel restrictions, must present a negative PCR, taken no later than 24 hours before boarding.
Meanwhile any children under the age of six need to arrive with a negative antigen test. All visitors to Easter Island must also be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The island’s tourist board is “very happy” to announce its reopening to the world.
Its undersecretary of tourism, Verónica Kunze, said: “We are very happy that the island is starting this new stage of reopening. Most tourist services are ready to welcome visitors, maintaining appropriate hygiene protocols and with the hope of reactivating their businesses.”
“Expectations are high, people are happy and pleased to finally have their bridge open, not only to welcome guests, which is necessary for the economy, but also to have that sense of freedom to be able to leave and return from the island,” added the mayor of Rapa Nui, Pedro Edmunds.
Rapa Nui is located in a very isolated…
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