New Zealand continues quarantine-free travel pause with Australia’s Victoria

WELLINGTON, June 4 (Xinhua) — Following the decision of Australia’s Victoria state to extend their lockdown restrictions over COVID-19, New Zealand’s quarantine-free travel pause with Victoria will also be extended for an additional six days, with a further review due next Wednesday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said Thursday.

The pause extension will prevent New Zealanders from returning for almost two weeks, and “New Zealanders will be wanting some certainty around when they can start to plan to come home,” Hipkins said in a statement.

The extension will cause further inconvenience to those whose travel plans have already been disrupted, he said.

New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a carefully managed commencement of return “green flights” from Melbourne, capital city of the Victoria state, to New Zealand, from June 8 at 11:59 p.m., Hipkins said.

Travel on such flights will be limited to New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens normally residing in New…

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