22 May 2013

Norfolk Island immigration rules relaxed

7:50 pm on 22 May 2013

Norfolk Island has freed up its entry and residency rules for Australians and New Zealanders.

Changes to the immigration rules were assented to on Wednesday which mean Australian and New Zealand citizens no longer have to apply for a permit to visit and there are easier rules around residency.

The Australian territory has a degree of self-government including separate immigration controls from the mainland.

The island's administrator Neil Pope says there is no longer the onerous task of submitting financials or waiting a set number of years in order to become a resident.

But he says they must join the healthcare scheme and be of good character.

The change comes as part of a deal with Australia to improve the island's fragile economy.