New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday, May 11 that the country would fully reopen its international borders from 11:59 pm on July 31, the same day cruise ships would return to local ports.
The border will open in late July, two months ahead of the government’s earlier deadline, meaning visitors with visas will now be able to come to New Zealand.
Ardern said in a speech at the Business NZ Lunch in Auckland that opening the borders would help alleviate the immediate skills shortage, open up tourism and put immigration settings at a more secure level.
“We are building on our proven plan to secure New Zealand’s economic future,” Ardern said.
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