Pacific 'travel bubble' prospects recede

THE prospects of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island nations to form a ‘travel bubble’ seem to be receding as Papua New Guinea’s infection rate appears to be taking off.
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Jacinda Ardern

Staff Reporter

Coupled with a second round of serious infections and deaths in the Australian state of Victoria, there seems little chance this safe-haven collection of countries in the region will be realised.
 
Cook Island News reports that the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments have again delayed announcing details of an air-bridge between the two countries.
 
The New Zealand Cabinet was understood to be discussing plans this for the first relaxation of the borders of New Zealand and Cook Islands, expected in a matter of weeks.
 
But hopes Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would announce details have been dashed for the third week in a row.
 
Cook Islands' Tourism Industry Council acting president and Muri Beach Club Hotel general manager, Liana Scott, said the delay was a "shame" and renewed calls for a firm date to reopen the borders.
 
"The biggest comment at our meetings has been we just need a date we can all work towards and start planning completion of current renovation projects, getting staff fine-tuned and ready to implement the Cook Islands Promise - which is the joint commitment to protect residents and visitors from Covid-19."
 

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