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New Zealand extends travel bubble pause with Victoria

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New Zealand has extended the pause on the travel bubble with Victoria, in line with Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown.New Zealand has extended the pause on the travel bubble with Victoria, in line with Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown.

New Zealand has extended the pause on the travel bubble with Victoria, in line with Melbourne's ongoing lockdown.

It will be reviewed again on June 9, the nation's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

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New Zealand will extend the suspension of its travel bubble with Victoria.

"I acknowledge this extension will cause further inconvenience to those who have already had their travel plans disrupted," he said in a statement.

"I also acknowledge that having been prevented from returning for almost two weeks, New Zealanders will be wanting some certainty around when they can start to plan to come home."

He said New Zealand is planning for flights to resume from 11.59pm, on June 8, saying the risk will be "low" by that time as Melbourne will have been in lockdown for 14 days.

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But flights will be limited to New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens who normally reside in New Zealand, people with humanitarian exemptions and "critical workers who are stranded in Victoria".

"Officials are continuing to work on details of how seats will be allocated if demand for these flights exceeds supply," he said.

"These details will be provided on the COVID-19 website in coming days. 

"Anyone boarding these flights will need to have a negative pre-departure test taken less than 72 hours before departure.

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"The Nau Mai Rā contact information and health declaration must also be completed before departure to confirm travellers have not been at a location of interest.

"The commencement of flights recognises that by then, people currently in Victoria will have completed 14 days in lockdown. 

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"This reflects the equivalent time which might have been spent in managed isolation in New Zealand." 

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-new-zealand-travel-bubble-pause-extended/59f7d565-9488-4415-9949-643e95ee490a

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