In New Zealand, the borders are fully open for the first time since March 2020, when they shut in an effort to keep out COVID-19.
According to media reports, immigration authorities will now begin accepting visitors with visas and those on student visas again.
However, most visitors will still need to be fully vaccinated, but there are no quarantine requirements. The country’s maritime border has also reopened, with cruise ships and foreign recreational yachts now allowed to dock.
New Zealand first announced a phased reopening plan in February. It allowed vaccinated citizens to return from Australia that month and those coming from elsewhere to return in March. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it an good moment for the country.