15 April 2024

NZ halts travel from India temporarily to curb Covid cases

All travel from India to New Zealand will be suspended for two weeks to curb the rising number of infected travellers arriving here.

This drastic measure to stop the influx of more such cases into New Zealand was announced today afternoon by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a press conference in Auckland.

The travel suspension is effective from 4pm on April 11 and will last until April 28.

PM, Jacinda Ardern
PM announces temporary ban on entry from India (File Photo)

“This is not a permanent arrangement but rather a temporary measure,” Ardern said.

The Government’s decision comes after 17 of the 23 new cases of Covid-19 found today in managed isolation, were from India.

The Government was hoping this temporary period will see a reduction in cases arriving in New Zealand, the prime minister said.

This travel ban applies to all, including New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who have been in India in the past 14 days.

While arrivals from India had triggered the risk assessment, Prime Minister Ardern said the Government would be looking at risks from all high risk countries.

India has recently seen a surge in Covid-19 cases, and 100,000 plus daily cases have been reported in past two days.

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