Premier Dalton Tagelagi has confirmed that discussions have formally commenced between the governments of Niue and New Zealand on quarantine free travel between the two countries.
A press release from the Premier’s Office this morning stated that a meeting was held on Wednesday between the Premier and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The statement said that both leaders “reaffirmed the desire of both governments to enter into a quarantine free travel arrangement only when it is safe to do so and when the necessary health, border controls and other protocols have been met”.
Discussions have also commenced between Niue and New Zealand health officials and border control officials. Technical support is also provided to Niue from NZ agencies, the World Health Organisation and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
An official date will be announced in due course once the leaders and the Cabinet of the Niue and New Zealand governments have agreed that it is safe to allow quarantine free travel between Niue and New Zealand.
Niueans are New Zealand citizens and can travel freely between countries. The largest concentration of Niueans live in Auckland while less than two thousand live on Niue, which has remained COVID free since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic earlier this year.