New Zealand’s borders fully open after long pandemic closure – Michmutters

New Zealand’s borders fully open after long pandemic closure

New Zealand’s borders fully reopened to visitors from around the world on Monday, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed them in March 2020.

The country started reopening in February, first for New Zealanders returning home, and restrictions have progressively eased.

The process of reopening the borders ended last night with visitors who need visas and those on student visas now also allowed to return.

New Zealand is now also letting cruise ships and foreign recreational yachts dock at its ports.

International students were a significant contributor to New Zealand’s economy and educational providers are hoping the reopening of the borders will again provide a boost to schools and universities around the country.

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