New Zealand’s national carrier has placed a temporary hold on new flight bookings into the country while the government is trying to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people coming back home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks, and aims to match flights better with hotel locations as well.
New Zealand has eliminated coronavirus community transmission but is still receiving border cases. Only residents and people will travel into the country for the most part, and they must remain in a quarantined hotel room for 14 days.
Housing Minister Megan Woods says that the government currently houses nearly 6,000 people in 28 quarantine facilities and is witnessing a rapid increase in the number of residents returning as the pandemic worsens globally.