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NZ COVID case ends Cook Islands travel bubble

Quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands has been suspended for at least 72 hours after a community case of COVID-19 was reported in Auckland on Tuesday.

Cook Islands has also moved to alert level 2.

“While the epidemiological variance and transmission link for the community case in New Zealand is still being investigated, we must act swiftly here to minimise exposure risk for the Cook Islands so we remain safe,” Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said in a statement.

The pause on international arrives would allow Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health to test passengers who had arrived from New Zealand from August 11 for Covid-19.

The Cook Islands is the only country with which New Zealand has a two-way quarantine travel bubble, and it has been in place since May.

Passengers can still return to New Zealand from the Cook Islands.

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