World 'Poses Too Great a Risk' for New Zealand


"It is recommended all passengers from New Zealand with a flight scheduled in the next 72 hours reconsider their need to travel", he told reporters, adding that the decision was made following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

The green light for NewZealand's first Covid-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday.

Traveller from New Zealand meets family member at Sydney Airport, October 19, 2020.

"I certainly shared my view that this was a situation that was well under control", she said.

She said Australia's action was a setback to that goal. While talks would continue, "it does look increasingly hard at a country-by-country level", she said, adding "we haven't ruled out the possibility of state-by-state".

"We have seen the impacts of that decision on travellers, we need to have some confidence if we are in a trans-Tasman travel arrangement that we won't see decisions that impact people when it may not be necessary", she said. After some delay, this eventually came into effect in November.In a note filed with the WTO on January 14, the Hong Kong government laid out seven rules of the global trading architecture that it accuses the USA of flouting.

The Anzac argy-bargy comes after months of negotiations between the two countries over the establishment of quarantine-free travel.

Mr Hunt added that anyone who has arrived in Australia on a flight from New Zealand since 14 January would also be asked to isolate and get tested.

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Ms Ardern said while states like Queensland and Western Australia were taking a similarly stringent approach, others, naming NSW, were not.

Officials in Canberra on Monday said the restrictions on New Zealanders were being imposed "out of an abundance of caution".

To date, that has not unearthed any new positive tests, including from 16 identified close contacts.

"The most important thing is when we finish, not when we start", COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in the statement.

Ms Ardern's government also faces political heat as it appears out of step with Australia's timeline for receiving vaccines.

New Zealanders could be waiting even longer for a full trans-Tasman bubble, with the government downplaying its previous suggestion one could be in place by the end of March.

"We think it's going to take longer than that and that means some very hard times ahead for New Zealand tourism businesses", Roberts said.

"We will receive shipments. broadly the same time as Australia", she said.