New Zealand speeds up border reopening by two months

new zealand

New Zealand will fully reopen its international border from July 31, two months ahead of the government’s schedule.

New Zealand began welcoming visitors from Australia, the US, Canada and Europe earlier this month.

“New Zealand is in demand and now fully open for business,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Visitors will still have to take a pre-departure Covid test before travelling, although Arden hinted that the government is looking at scrapping the requirement in the next few months.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins says this date delivers confidence to international event organisers to choose New Zealand as their conference, meeting, or incentive destination.

“New Zealand is really starting to gear up for the future and the announcements today help support this. We will have the infrastructure, the talent and the connections which will make the decision easy to win international conference and incentive travel business,” she said.

“We are pleased the Prime Minister has said she is confident that pre-departure testing will be removed by 31 July, as this will be the last piece in the puzzle for us.

“While New Zealand is still considered to be a highly desirable destination, customers are telling us they hope the Government will dispense with testing soon, as Australia and Singapore have done.”