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Fully-vaccinated tourists will be allowed into the country sooner than expected.
Our newsroom understands travellers from Australia could be set to arrive - without the need for managed isolation - as early as next month.
Visitors from other countries which New Zealand has visa waver arrangements with, like the United Kingdom, will be able to come in the weeks after that, followed by all other countries.
So, is it a lifeline for our struggling tourism industry and will it make a difference for the Easter holidays and the ski season?
Tourism Industry Aotearoa spokesperson Ann-Marie Johnson joined Kerre McIvor.