New Zealand PM: No open borders for ‘a long time’

(BBC) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country will not have open borders with the rest of the world for “a long time to come”.

Ms Ardern was speaking after attending part of Australia’s cabinet meeting via video link.

The meeting discussed a possible “trans-Tasman bubble”, where people could go between Australia and New Zealand freely, and without quarantine.

But she said visitors from further afield were not possible any time soon.

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

What did Jacinda Ardern say?

Ms Ardern said New Zealand and Australia were discussing a “bubble of sorts between us, a safe zone of travel”.

She stressed there was “a lot of work to be done before we can progress…but it’s obviously been floated because of the benefits it would bring”.

But, in response to a question about the country’s tourism sector, Ms Ardern said: “We will not have open borders for the rest of the world for a long time to come.”

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