Manawatu Standard

Travellers here with no departure tests


The Government is still not checking that every arrival from Australia has a pre-departure Covid-19 test, despite current checks identifyin­g more than 100 people trying to enter the country without one. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said staffing issues meant it was still not possible to check the pre-departure test documentat­ion of every arrival from Australia. He said the Government was keen to increase the number of checks and move to digitally checking every test. Stuff understand­s the checks thus far have caught out 100 travellers without a test, with most being either sent into a managed isolation hotel or straight home. A spokespers­on for Managed Isolation and Quarantine said 111 people were in managed isolation who had travelled to New Zealand while breaking the rules for the transtasma­n bubble. This included those who had travelled despite recently being in a state with an outbreak.

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