NZ Exit cards or departure cards for individuals who exit from New Zealand could be eliminated by December 2018 as revealed by Statistics New Zealand. Jacinda Arden the Prime Minister is inclined to remove them. This is after the issue was highlighted at the Leadership Forum New Zealand-Australia.
As of now, the individuals who intend to leave the nation must fill a written form. This information is used for migration and tourism data purposes. All departure cards were ended by Australia in 2017 July itself. It is working on replacing them with a digital alternative, as quoted by the Radionz Co NZ.
Statistics New Zealand Senior Manager Population statistics Peter Dolan said that NZ Exit cards can be hoped to be removed by December 2018. This will eliminate the existing primary intention of the departure card. It will also imply 6.5 million lesser transactions between the travelers and the government, added Dolan.
Dolan further elaborated that reducing the burden of 6.5 million transactions will be a big victory for New Zealand in our opinion. Alternative ways of collating data are still being explored, added Statistics New Zealand Senior Manager Population statistics.
The decision to remove NZ Exit cards has been welcomed by travel firms in the nation. One of the Commercial Directors of a reputed travel firm Brent Thomas commented on this by saying that the move will make travel hassle-free.
Thomas added that even in the past questions have been raised regarding the validity of the exit cards as well as the data collated from them. Nevertheless, the validity for inbound cards is authentic specifically to detect the origin of travelers who have arrived, he added.
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