The great return: What New Zealand’s border opening means for one Kiwi expat

the great return what new zealands border opening means for one kiwi expat

Sumary of The great return: What New Zealand’s border opening means for one Kiwi expat:

  • While it was Friday afternoon UK time, it was just after five in the morning on Saturday in New Zealand, where I’m from and where most of my family lives.
  • New Zealand shut its borders and went into lockdown on 19 March last year, just as Covid began to sweep across Europe and as the UK entered a lockdown of its own.
  • Part of the reason New Zealand was able to keep the virus out for so long was its strict managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) scheme, which was introduced as the borders shut.
  • After a series of cancelled flights over the space of two months, my brother managed to get back in July last year after he flew to the UK with the intent to travel at the beginning of March and ended up in lockdown here instead.
  • Another friend who went back as soon as borders began to close paid upwards of NZ$5,000 (£2,586) for a one-way ticket back.
  • Pre-pandemic, you could get return flights for as little as £800. A friend who returned to New Zealand as borders closed paid upwards of NZ$5,000 (£2,586) for a one-way ticket.

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