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New Zealand will fully reopen in July

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday (May 11) that the country will fully reopen its international borders from 11:59 p.m. on July 31, with cruise ships also welcome at local ports on the same day.

The opening of the border at the end of July is two months earlier than the government’s previous schedule and will mean that visitors who need visas will now be able to come to New Zealand.

Ardern said in a speech at a Business NZ luncheon in Auckland that opening borders would help ease urgent skills shortages, open up tourism and secure immigration settings.

“We are building on our proven plan to secure New Zealand’s economic future,” Ardern said.

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