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New Zealand will open a new travel bubble with the Cook Islands on 17 May, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
The bubble will allow for two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries, a move that Ardern called “a significant step in both countries’ COVID-19 recovery, and a direct result of both New Zealand and the Cook Islands’ successful response to the pandemic”. Ardern said the bubble would enable families to be reunited, allow New Zealanders to take winter holidays overseas, and provide an important boost to the Cook Islands’ economy.
New Zealand will also be sending enough Pfizer doses to vaccinate the entire Cook Islands population. Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said both countries were “continuing to work through final details for the deployment of vaccines to the Cook Islands and expect to provide further details on the vaccine roll-out within the next few weeks”.
A key concern had been the potential for New Zealand to export cases to the Cook Islands, which has been Covid-free and has a much smaller healthcare system. Ardern said if there was an outbreak in the Cook Islands, New Zealanders could be repatriated to ease pressure on the country’s health system. “The health and safety of the people of the Cook Islands has at all times been paramount,” Ardern said.
Chinese tourists are expected to make a total of 18.3 million railway passenger trips on the first day of China’s international labor day holiday.
That’s according to an estimate by China’s state railway group. The start to the five-day holiday on Saturday included tourists rushing to travel domestically now that the coronavirus has been brought under control in China.
May Day is offering the first long break for Chinese tourists since the start of the year. A domestic outbreak of the coronavirus before the Lunar New Year holidays in February cancelled travel plans for many after the government advised people to refrain from traveling.
Border closures and travel restrictions mean tourists are traveling domestically. China in recent weeks reported almost no cases of locally transmitted