Jacinda Ardron says New Zealand will consider new travel bubbles as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said her government will lead a more travel “bubble” and trade delegation later this year to connect with the world after an epidemic.
Most of New Zealand’s essential workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have been inoculated to start in July for a larger population, Arden said on Thursday that his government is now ready to rebuild contacts with other countries in the world.
Ardern’s plan to partially and partially reopen came after more than a year of tight border closures, which helped New Zealand – a Pacific nation of five million people – eradicate the coronavirus within its borders.
The first step in New Zealand’s reopening was “Travel bubble“Australia, which started last month.
Arden said his government would allow free travel to the South Pacific on Monday to separate it from the Cook Islands.
“At this stage, where the vaccine roll-out in New Zealand is incomplete, the number of countries where we can safely open is limited,” the prime minister said in a pre-budget speech in Auckland.
“That’s why they need to have the same status as us or be at the same risk of bringing COVID into the country.
“New is a natural addition. Beyond that we are relatively open-minded, and I am hopeful that there will be more countries where we can explore opportunities, ”he said.
More than 700,000 people have landed in New Zealand from Australia since the travel bubble opened last month, and more than 577,000 have traveled the other way, Arden said.
However, he noted that the vaccine rollout in New Zealand is incomplete and the number of countries where it could be safely limited.
The government wants to administer more than one million doses of COVD-19 jab by June, Arden said, and that by July 1, every New Zealand inoculation program should be expanded to 1 New Year’s age.
The Prime Minister added that he would lead a trade and promotional delegation to Australia in early July, the first since the emergence of COVID-19, and would also look to lead a delegation to Europe, the United States, China and the greater Asia-Pacific region.
“These trips weren’t very significant before the pre-Kavid, but they are extremely significant in light of the domestic realities we’ve faced and the worldwide process that still continues,” Arden said.