No open borders for ‘a long time’ says New Zealand MP

New Zealand – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden says the country will not have open borders with the rest of the world for ‘a long time to come’.

Arden said this after attending part of Australia’s cabinet meeting via video link.

In the meeting a possible “trans-Tasman bubble”, where people could go between Australia and New Zealand freely and without quarantine was discussed. But Arden said visitors from further afield were not possible any time soon.

New Zealand and Australia both closed their borders to almost all foreigners as part of their Covid-19 response.

In the discussion with Australia, Arden stressed that there was “a lot of work to be done before we can progress… but it’s obviously been afloat because of the benefits it would bring.”

Arden responded “We will not have open borders for the rest of the world for a long time to come,” when asked about the country’s tourism sector.

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