The government of New Zealand has announced that it will phase out its border exception program by the end of July.

Key Points:

  • Main border exception categories and class exceptions will close on July 31. Employers will have until the end of July 31 to submit their border exception requests.
  • Primary sector class exceptions will close on Sept. 1.

Additional Information: More information regarding New Zealand’s border reopening plan is available here.

BAL Analysis: As New Zealand moves towards fully reopening its border by the end of July, border exceptions are no longer needed as a pathway for people to enter the country. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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