Covid-19: Australian travelers excluded from next MIQ room exit



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The move to self-isolating travelers - rather than stays at MIQ - has been delayed due to concerns about the Omicron variant.

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The move to self-isolating travelers – rather than stays at MIQ – has been delayed due to concerns about the Omicron variant.

Approximately 1,250 managed isolation rooms for March and April will be offered on Thursday in the first MIQ room release since December 16. But, anyone wishing to travel from Australia will not be able to participate.

A statement from MIQ officials on Wednesday evening said airlines had not scheduled any red flights from Australia for March or April, which meant those travelers could not attend Thursday’s lobby.

Self-isolation of these travelers – rather than a stay at MIQ – was due to start from the middle of this month, but just before Christmas the government delayed the gradual reopening of the border until the end of February.

He also canceled the MIQ theaters release in the week leading up to Christmas.

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An Omicron case, which was in the community, is unrelated to three other Covid-19 cases remaining at MIQ at the same time, says Chris Hipkins.

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In addition to pushing back the gradual reopening of borders, Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) stays have been extended to 10 days in an effort to keep the new Omicron strain of Covid-19 out of the community for as long as possible.

The government’s three-stage reopening plan initially reportedly saw New Zealand citizens doubly vaccinated and Australian residents bypassing MIQ from January 17.

Fully immunized citizens and residents of all other countries could have ignored MIQ as of February 14. The third stage would have seen Aotearoa begin to open up to fully vaccinated foreign nationals from April 13.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said when announcing the changes before Christmas that the government now aims to allow doubly vaccinated New Zealanders in all countries to skip MIQ from late February .

MIQ’s statement on Wednesday said it was working with the airlines regarding schedules and future room releases that will be available for March and April.

The exit from the MIQ room on Thursday will begin at 1 p.m. and the hall will open at 12 p.m.

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