New Zealand on Monday announced its decision to allow seasonal workers quarantine-free from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the decision at a press conference that seasonal workers will be allowed to travel to New Zealand from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu without going through the 14-day managed isolation and quarantine, reports Xinhua news agency.
Further discussions will be held in the government next week to finalise the decision in principle, Ardern said.
The new quarantine-free travel for seasonal workers will assist industries reliant on seasonal workers from the Pacific, such as horticulture and agriculture, she said.
The three Pacific countries have largely managed Covid-19 well, with no record of community transmissions.
Samoa and Vanuatu have recorded three and four imported cases respectively, with no new cases in recent months.
Tonga has not reported any cases.
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