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New Zealand to fully open two months earlier than planned

Having closed its borders in March 2020, New Zealand has only recently allowed entrance to some non-New Zealand citizens, including Australians. 


But from 11.59pm on 31 July, tourists and visa-holders from the rest of the world will be granted access.



The move to do so was originally slated for October. 


New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today from her home, in isolation after her partner tested positive to Covid-19, The Guardian reported. 


“This will be welcome news for families, businesses and our migrant communities,” Ardern said.


“It also provides certainty and good preparation time for airlines and cruise ship companies planning a return to New Zealand in the peak spring and summer seasons.”


Ardern made the announcement as part of her pre-budget speech saying that “New Zealand is in demand and now fully open for business”.

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Published: 11 May 2022

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