Abstract: New Zealand to open its borders for skilled workers from July 31, 2022.
- New Zealand had closed its borders at the start of the pandemic.
- The vaccination rates in New Zealand have been high and rapid.
- Pre-departure COVID tests are to end by July in New Zealand.
- New Zealand announces a ‘Green List’ for occupations.
On May 11, 2022, the government of New Zealand announced that it would reopen its borders from July 31, 2022. This move will allow cruise ships back and facilitate the skilled workers to immigrate. The tourism operators and the Kiwi suppliers will start functioning again. It will boost tourism of New Zealand.
New Zealand had opened its borders to Australia, the UK, and the USA. It will soon allow travelers from other countries.
Green List of New Zealand
Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, says that the new immigration rules will make it hassle-free for skilled workers to enter the country from July. The new “green list” of 56 in-demand professions includes engineers, tech workers, teachers, doctors, nurses, and plumbers.
The list is formulated to urgently address the shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand created by the pandemic. The change in the policies aims for a better and sustainable society.
New Zealand in the Pandemic
At the start of the pandemic, New Zealand had imposed strict measures in the pandemic. Although, by following the advisories during the pandemic and high vaccination rates, the country curbed the spread of the pandemic.
New Zealand maintained a low death rate among all the developed nations. The country had closed its borders and implemented strict traveling rules.
It prevented further outbreaks, but the guidelines acted more as a hindrance than a preventive measure with time. All the other countries have opened their borders to travelers.
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