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Quarantine-free travel for vaccinated Pacific seasonal workers from next month.

Seasonal workers who have at least one dose of the Covid 19 vaccine will be able to travel to New Zealand from the Pacific Ocean without quarantine from next month.

RSE worker in Hawke's Bay Garden.

Image: RNZ / Johnny Blades.

RSE workers in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, however, will have to undergo tests on day 0 and day 5, and complete a seven-day isolation period, awaiting 5 days of negative results.

Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins said the measures were taken to reduce the risk.

“We need to take a cautious approach to opening a quarantine-free voyage along the Pacific Ocean,” says Hopkins.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the RSE workers would come to New Zealand in a group and stay in accommodation provided by the employer.

“This helps reduce any additional risk from the Covid 19, ensuring that they are isolated in a pre-arranged location as soon as they arrive.”

O’Connor says officials will closely monitor Baba before the unilateral quarantine-free trip.

“Our intention is to expand the capacity for quarantine-free entry into New Zealand from these countries and Tokelau when we can ensure that it is safe to do so. In the meantime, those entering New Zealand from these countries Other people will need to meet the current MIQ. Requirements. “

O’Connor says incoming flights were postponed in August and September due to the Delta eruption.

It has not yet been confirmed when flights carrying seasonal workers will arrive.

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