New Zealand has reopened to visitors for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.

Last update: August 01, 2022, 09:42 AM IST

Tourists are seen outside in Queenstown, New Zealand (Image: Shutterstock/File)

Visitors who require a visa and those on a student visa are now allowed to enter New Zealand.

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

New Zealand’s borders reopened to New Zealanders in February and restrictions have been gradually eased.

The reopening of the borders ended last night with visitors who need visas and those on student visas now allowed to return to New Zealand. New Zealand is now also allowing cruise ships and foreign pleasure yachts to enter its ports.

International students were key contributors to New Zealand’s economy and education providers are hoping the reopening of borders will once again boost schools and universities across the country.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a speech at the China Business Summit in Auckland on Monday that the final phase of opening the borders was a huge moment.

“This has been a step-by-step and careful process on our part since February as we continue to manage a very live global pandemic while keeping our people safe, along with the rest of the world.”

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