Since January 2020, governments have imposed international travel restrictions in multiple countries, due to the spread of COVID-19 around the world. In March 2020, the New Zealand government introduced further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively limiting travel to New Zealand and travel within New Zealand.
Before November 2018, the travel purpose of New Zealand-resident travellers was based on departure card responses and linked to the correspondent arrival card via the passport number.
From November 2018, they are based on arrival card responses. This results in different patterns in purpose of travel. The two series should not be compared.
The travel purpose categories of New Zealand-resident travellers have been revised back to January 2020.
From November 2018 to December 2019, the travel purposes of 'Holiday/vacation', 'Visiting friends/relatives', and 'Conference/convention' were unavailable.
From January 2020, these travel purpose categories are separately available from a redesigned arrival card and excluded from the 'Other' category.
Until a full 12 months of data are available for each new travel purpose, year ended totals for the travel purpose of 'Other' will continue to include 'Holiday/vacation', 'Visiting friends/relatives', and 'Conference/convention'.