New Zealand Opens Travel Bubble To Pacific Workers
Seasonal workers from selected Pacific countries will be allowed into New Zealand without undergoing two weeks in quarantine, Jacinda Ardern said Monday
Wellington (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Seasonal workers from selected Pacific countries will be allowed into New Zealand without undergoing two weeks in quarantine, Jacinda Ardern said Monday.
The expansion of the travel bubble will be restricted to workers from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu employed in the horticulture and viticulture industries where there are not enough New Zealand-based workers.
"This new one-way travel policy will significantly expand the potential workforce available for those experiencing labour shortages," Ardern said.
Opposition leader Judith Collins said the decision to open up to seasonal workers from three relatively risk-free countries was a welcome move but did not go far enough.
"The question now is, if we can bring in (seasonal) workers without them having to undergo quarantine once they enter New Zealand, why can't we prioritise other people from these three countries for quarantine-free travel?" Collins asked.