New Zealand’s Borders Open for Business

After more than two years, New Zealand is fully reopening its borders and welcoming back all international travellers, Charmaine Jacob reports in a CNBC story. The country is reopening on 31 July, some three months earlier than previously announced.

In 2021, New Zealand had some of the world’s strictest pandemic restrictions, including lockdowns triggered by a single Covid case, extensive testing and numerous public health mandates, Jacob writes.

Shirleen Tan, 46, a human resources professional from Singapore, is planning a trip to New Zealand with her family in December.

Tan said she is looking forward to visiting vineyards for wine tastings, eating fresh oysters, and “enjoying the beautiful scenery that New Zealand is famous for.”

Original article by Charmaine Jacob, CNBC, July 29, 2022.

Photo by Douglas Bagg.

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