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According to a Stuff report, the New Zealand government expects to bring forward the country’s full border reopening to the end of July.

Earlier government plans suggested that the border would further reopen in October, but an anonymous source told Stuff that the new date would be July 31.

A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has not confirmed nor denied the date.

The government has shifted the country’s border reopening dates numerous times.

Tourism operators, National and the ACT party have urged for a faster reopening of the country.

Ms Ardern is expected to make the announcement during a BusinessNZ speech later on Wednesday, as well as other immigration changes.

Visitors from visa-waiver countries and New Zealand residents and citizens can already travel to New Zealand without isolation.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, 326,000 people entered New Zealand. The current average is in the low thousands.

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