Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday, May 11, that New Zealand will fully reopen its borders in early August, ending some of the strictest border measures to combat Covid-19 in the world.
From July 31, 11:59 p.m., the borders will be completely open to the world, two months earlier than the initially planned schedule, putting an end to measures that went into effect in March 2020 to combat the pandemic. New Zealand is now fully open for business.M said.I Ardern.
The measures affected the economy
While the archipelago has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus-related deaths in developed countries, voices have been raised to denounce the inflexible measures that have affected economic growth.
For most of the pandemic, all people arriving from abroad have had to undergo a two-week quarantine in government-run hotels guarded by the military.
So far, only New Zealand citizens and citizens of countries with visa-free agreements can travel to New Zealand, with the rest of the world having to wait until October.
This will be good news for families, businesses and immigrants. It also allows time for airlines and cruise lines to prepare to return to New Zealand during the peak periods of spring and summer.”According to the prime minister.