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New Zealand’s borders fully reopened to visitors from around the world on Monday, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close in March 2020. / File Photo / REUTERS / Fiona Goodall
by Lucy Kramer
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s borders fully reopened to visitors from around the world on Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close in March 2020.
New Zealand’s borders began to reopen in February to New Zealanders and restrictions were gradually eased.
The process of reopening the borders was completed on Sunday evening. Visitors requiring entry visas and those holding student visas are now allowed back into the country, and New Zealand now allows foreign cruise ships and pleasure yachts to dock in its ports.
International students have made a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy, and Education Services hopes the reopening of borders will boost schools and universities across the country.
(Report by Lucy Cramer, French version by Benjamin Mallet)
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