COVID-19 / KOVITI-19

  

GOVERNMENT OF NIUE

OFFICE OF THE PREMIER

 

STATEMENT ON ONE-WAY QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL (QFT)

 

Premier of Niue Hon. Dalton Tagelagi

Presented to the Niue Legislative Assembly 17 March 2021

 

Alofi, Niue - 17 March 2021 - Niue is one of the few countries in the world that remains completely free of COVID-19, and we pride ourselves on protecting our people through maintaining our boarders and health system.

Niue and New Zealand signed an arrangement for Quarantine Free Travel in December 2020.  Officials have been working steadily, with an abundance of caution, as managing our borders and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our communities remains the priority.

 

Before one-way quarantine free travel commenced, both Niue and New Zealand Cabinets needed to be satisfied that proper health and border protocols were robust. Strict protocols remain in place, including pre-departure health requirements and the clear separation from other travellers on arrival at Auckland International Airport.

 

While this work was being done, there were COVID-19 community cases in Auckland, one of which led to a level 3 lockdown in Auckland. This posed a risk to those travelling to Auckland and protecting our people’s health and well-being was of the highest priority and a key consideration for Niue on the start date for QFT. These are not decisions that are rushed and must be considered carefully following due process.

 

I thank our government officials, the Office of the Secretary of Government and the COVID-19 Committee – Department of Health, Niue Police, Office of External Affairs, Immigration and Niue Disaster Management Office for their hard work and the many months spent on the requirements and processes to ensure that Niue is ready for one way QFT.  Officials of both governments are still working towards two-way quarantine free travel.

 

New Zealand is currently rolling out its vaccine program, and our officials are working closely with the NZ Ministry of Health on a vaccine roll-out program for Niue.  I reiterate that these are not decisions that are rushed. We hope that the vaccine roll-out will take place mid-year.

 

We must continue to be vigilant and follow the public health rules and procedures put in place.

 

 ENDS

 

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