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Coronavirus

New Zealand to reopen borders earlier than planned

Ardern says reopening 'will spur our economic recovery'

Vaccinated Australians can travel to New Zealand from April 12, followed by tourists from visa-waiver countries starting May 1.   © Reuters

WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand said on Wednesday it would open its border for some visitors earlier than previously forecast, hoping an influx of tourists will boost the economy.

Vaccinated Australians can travel to New Zealand from April 12 and then from May 1 tourists from visa-waiver countries such as the United States and Britain will be able to visit, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference.

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