New Zealand has lifted travel bans from India for stranded citizens of the country, however under certain conditions. The stuck New Zealanders are pleading with the government so that they can return home. 131 people, out of which 106 are from India, have booked themselves into MIQ facilities from countries considered to be at “very high risk”. And now New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern stated that the government has no plans to arrange charter flights to repatriate citizens stranded in India. She revealed that the government will instead wait for commercial flights to resume after being paused.
New Zealand Will Not Organise Private Charter Flights To Repatriate Citizens Stuck In India
According to an RNZ report, a spokesperson has said that not all of these people can arrive in New Zealand. The spokesperson said, “It is highly likely that many of these returnees will not arrive in New Zealand because of the widespread disruption to flight schedules, particularly from India to destinations where many returnees from there currently transit en route to New Zealand.” Among the 131 people, 91 are permanent residents or temporary visa holders. Therefore, unless they have a partner, are a dependent child or parent of a dependent child who is a New Zealand citizen, they will not be allowed to enter the country. The latest report reveals that New Zealand will not be arranging private charter flights to repatriate its citizens stuck in India. The government will instead wait for commercial flights to resume out of India, after being paused amid surge in Covid cases.
New Zealand Had Temporarily Suspended Entry Of Travellers From India
Amid rising COVID cases in India, New Zealand had temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its citizens of New Zealand for 18 days. The move came after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border out of which 17 were from India. India is now battling a deadly second wave of infections, with the number of infections rising exponentially every day.
New Zealand can hand down be declared as one of the best countries to live in the world. The Government has done an exemplary job in reducing the COVID cases in the country and fighting the global pandemic. And now, New Zealand has made advanced purchases of two new coronavirus vaccines from pharmaceutical companies Novavax and AstraZeneca giving the island country to vaccinate 5 million of its residents.