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Air New Zealand Can’t Sell International Tickets Until Government Solves A New Dilemma

by joeheg

New Zealand has managed to keep COVID-19 under control. They were extremely aggressive with their response to the virus and instituted a full country lockdown in March when they only were starting to see cases in the population.

It seems their plan has worked because this is the chart of daily cases in New Zealand.

daily-cases-7july20

New Zealand is now down to Alert Level 1. They’re getting 0-2 new positive cases a day and right now all of those patients are at managed isolation and quarantine locations. Getting to Level 1 means the international border was relaxed and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions returning to New Zealand could return.

The immigration office reminds everyone that New Zealand’s border is closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled. All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory.

There’s not a whole lot of international traffic to Auckland Airport and I see five flights on the schedule for this Friday from Singapore, Dubai, Sydney and Samoa.

A restriction for anyone entering New Zealand is a mandatory 14-day managed quarantine. A new problem for New Zealand is that with an increased number of passengers arriving, you also need to have a suitable number of places to house them.

Not wanting to paint themselves into a corner, New Zealand’s government came to an agreement with Air New Zealand to stop selling international tickets because there is worry about overreaching the capacity at quarantine facilities. Current ticket holders can still enter New Zealand, subject to the availability of quarantine space.

The New Zealand government doesn’t want to prevent citizens from coming home, so they’re looking for options and are considering an unlikely solution. Using cruise ships to quarantine and isolate passengers.

“I think everything is on the table at this point,” Health Minister Chris Hipkins said at a press conference on Tuesday when asked about the use of ships as isolation facilities.

They really have to be looking at every option to put housing people under quarantine and isolation on a cruise ship into the conversation.

If New Zealand’s government’s past response to keeping COVID-19 at bay is any indication, whatever plan they come up with will be well thought out, based on science and designed to put a priority on the health of the citizens.

#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands #wearamask

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3 comments

Doug T July 7, 2020 - 11:28 pm

With Greater Melbourne, Australia now under lock down again (effective July 8) and the borders of the state of Victoria closed to New South Wales (Sydney) we probably won’t see much international traffic to/from NZ for some time.

Sydney airport is taking Melbourne’s international flights (not many anyhow) and Sydney has limited to 450 per day the number of arriving passengers from overseas to manage the quarantine program. Even that number it’s going to be very difficult to manage. Look at the problems Melbourne has had the past days as housing blocks under quarantine and police had to be called in to enforce it. Australia is fearful that Covid is surging again.

New Zealand is indeed serious about this pathogen. It now has the N.Z. Army (Defence Force) managing the entry at airports after civilian staff bungled and allowed two Covid infected Brits to go untracked/quarantined and spread the contagion. They were the first Covid cases in 24 days!!

Without serious measures this virus will not be tamed. It must be taken seriously.

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Patricia Feltes July 14, 2020 - 9:16 pm

Is there flights to Australia, I’ve paid for my ticket to leave in September I am an Australian with a new Zealand partner ?

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joeheg July 15, 2020 - 8:09 pm

I’d suggest checking out the New Zealand Immigration website for the most up to date information https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

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