Prime Minister New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said his country would open international borders from 11:59 a.m. on July 31.
“International borders will be opened to all visitors and visa holders two months earlier than planned, namely on July 31,” Ardern said on Wednesday (11/5).
“This will be good news for our families, businesses and migrant communities. It will provide clarity and good preparation time for airlines and cruise companies to return to New Zealand in the height of spring and summer.” 1News.
As reported ReutersThe opening of this border will help solve the shortage of skilled workers, open a tourism business, and put immigration rules on a safer footing.
“We are building a good plan to ensure the future of New Zealand’s economy,” Ardern said.
In March, New Zealand planned to revoke the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination mandate in a number of sectors, including for teachers, teachers and members of the police force.
The easing of rules during the pandemic follows Prime Minister Jacnda Ardern’s government assumption that New Zealand has passed the peak of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ardern said the lifting of the vaccination rule would take effect April 4. He emphasized that only health workers, frontline workers, and residents of vulnerable groups still had to receive vaccinations.
With this new rule, New Zealand also removed vaccinations as a condition of travel and outreach in public places.
More than 95 percent of New Zealand’s population over the age of 12 have completed two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand has recorded more than half a million cases of Covid-19. As of last March, New Zealand is still facing a spike in Covid-19 cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant.
At that time, New Zealand was still recording an average of 17,049 cases of Covid-19 every day.