New Zealand Reopens

New Zealand’s borders are fully open for the first time since March 2020, when they were closed to keep out Covid-19. 

Now, immigration officials will once again let people in who have visas or are on student visas. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

The country’s maritime border is also back open, so cruise ships and foreign yachts can now dock. New Zealand’s plan to reopen...

It let people who had been vaccinated come back from Australia in February and from other places in March.

“We, alongside the rest of the world, continue to manage a very live global pandemic, while keeping our people safe,” said Ms. Ardern...

“But keeping people safe extends to incomes and wellbeing too.” One of the industries that were hurt the most by New Zealand’s...

In the year that ended in March 2021, the industry’s share of the GDP dropped from 5.5 percent the year before to 2.9 percent.

During this time, the number of people directly working in tourism also dropped by more than 72,000.