New Zealand could downgrade current travel restrictions

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Sarah Peddie

New Zealand are looking to downgrade their current travel advice which is not to travel overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government’s Safe Travel website which is maintained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has advised New Zealanders not to travel.

This advice is not legally binding but it is relied on for formal purposes like travel insurance.

The travel restrictions have meant that many New Zealanders have had trouble returning home from overseas countries.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has doubts about opening a travel bubble with Australia and wants to approach the situation with caution. 


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The long-planned trans-Tasman bubble could put New Zealand residents at risk of being stranded if an outbreak of Covid-19 happens. 

She said that a number of measures are needed to be in place to make sure a bubble arrangement would be safe. 

These measures would include contact-tracing of Australian travellers whilst they were in the country, cost of managing isolation facilities if there was a case of infection and airport preparedness. 

An announcement of the trans-Tasman bubble will come on April 6.

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