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Pre-departure testing should go ASAP, say airlines

Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 11 May 2022

Pre-departure testing should go ASAP, say airlines
Tourists from non-visa waiver countries like China and India will be able to come to NZ from Aug 1. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 11 May 2022
Airline operators are welcoming the full opening of New Zealand’s borders from Aug 1, but want pre-departure testing for travellers to the country to go by the end of this month, if not sooner.“It is good that the government has recognised pre-departure testing no longer remains an effective tool for managing covid,” said the executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ), Justin Tighe-Umbers.“But in reality, government may not be able to keep it anyway, because testing capacity is rapi...

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