Airport departure cards to be axed

Passengers flying out of New Zealand will no longer have to fill out a departure card, it was announced today.

Immigration Minister Ian Lees-Galloway and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri made the announcement at Auckland International Airport on Sunday.

"This will improve the experience of all travellers departing New Zealand, enabling a faster and smoother process ahead of the busy holiday period," Mr Lees-Galloway said.

"It will also save more than 100,000 hours of time currently spent by travellers completing more than 6.5 million departure cards per year."

The cards will be axed in November, but no exact date was set.

The move will bring New Zealand in to line with other countries such as Australia where they were abolished last year. 

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