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New Zealand to Limit Returning Citizens as Quarantines Overflow

  • Kiwis flock home after New Zealand eliminates Covid-19
  • National airline puts three-week hold on new bookings
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New Zealand’s government will limit the number of citizens flying home with the national airline to reduce pressure on its overflowing quarantine facilities.

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights “will be managed in the short term to ensure the government is able to safely place” arrivals into managed isolation or quarantine, Housing Minister Megan Woods said in a statement Tuesday. Air New Zealand said it has put a three-week hold on new bookings on international services into New Zealand following the government’s request.