"My beef is that the Cook Islands are Covid free, no reported cases, ever, period, but New Zealand will not label us as a “low risk” country."
all trying to manage changes to our way of life during Covid and New Zealand
has succeeded where most other countries have failed. Congratulations!
is that the Cook Islands are Covid free, no reported cases, ever, period, but
New Zealand will not label us as a “low risk” country. This lack of designation even prevents
Australia from acknowledging any incoming island passengers as coming from a
“low risk” travel zone for any connecting flights.
potential full-scale trans-Tasman travel bubble, New Zealand airports
established “Green Zone” corridors for Covid free passenger, and “Red Zone”
corridors for people arriving from countries with high infection rates, a
working system of separating the different passengers being denied to the Cook
my point, the international flight to Rarotonga leaves Auckland International
Airport from a Green Zone, presently there is no quarantine requirement for
arriving passengers into the Cook Islands.
However, the return flight to Auckland is assigned to the Red Zone upon
arrival at the international terminal, potentially subjecting passengers to the
virus when they navigate immigration and customs, only then to be put into
quarantine for two weeks.
island travellers were even put on a bus to Rotorua for their two-week
quarantine period, they were not prepared for the colder climate. All this done
when the plane was, in all practical terms, a Covid free plane, just like any
other current domestic flight within New Zealand – nobody was infected.
chance of any infection, prior to docking in the international “Red Zone”,
would have been extremely low to impossible, maybe from the assigned flight
crew. Again, this is the exact system in operation for the New Zealand domestic
flights operating today.
low (no) risk passengers and put them through your overburdened managed
quarantine system? Now, because there is presently no space available in
quarantine hotels leading up to and possibly through the holidays, several of
us continue to be stuck in Rarotonga, all bookings cancelled until further
simple fix would be to get an exemption from NZ Immigration, but that option
was denied on several applications. The solution is to allow Cook Islands
flights to dock at the international green zone so passengers could stay or
transit onwards to other destinations, like a quarantine free flight to
Australia (currently only available to people in New Zealand).
our cry, a cry for some common sense. Prime Minister, are you listening? Please, give us an early Christmas present
and let us out. Let the plane dock in
the “green zone”.