Celebrations have kicked off as people around the globe prepare to say goodbye to 2021 which has been plagued by lockdowns and Covid waves.
The Omicron variant threatened to dampen many New Year plans with some European countries opting to impose restrictions to stop cases soaring out of control.
New Zealanders enjoyed a fairly muted fireworks display in Auckland after a small outbreak of Covid threatened to disrupt plans.
The country has been relatively successful in controlling Covid-19 with low case numbers and deaths but experienced an outbreak of the Omicron variant traced back to a UK traveller.
Authorities identified 88 cases of community transmission of the variant but despite this, restrictions were eased in time for revellers to usher in the New Year.
Partygoers are allowed to dance and gather in bars as long as they show their vaccine passport.
The traditional fireworks display in London has been cancelled by Sadiq Khan after the capital experienced a surge in Omicron cases.
However, people living in England can enjoy New Year’s Eve how they please after Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to introduce new restrictions.
Despite record high case numbers of Covid, deaths and hospitalisations have stayed low meaning that fresh curbs have been deemed unnecessary.
Revellers will need to show their Covid passes for entry into nightclubs.