New Zealand plants to open one-way travel for pacific nation workers


To alleviate labor shortages in the horticultural industry, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that New Zealand would allow up one-way quarantine-free travel for seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu (Aug 2).
Ms. Ardern announced at a press conference that the quarantine-free agreement would begin next month.
It will only be accessible to employees who meet the requirements of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, which permits the horticulture sector to hire foreign workers for seasonal employment when New Zealand workers are in short supply. The program was halted after the government closed its borders due to Covid-19 last year.
Ms. Ardern stated, “Covid-19 has closed borders, and New Zealand, like many nations, has suffered labour shortages.”
“We are aware that our agriculture industry is facing problems,” she stated. Ms. Ardern is scheduled to disclose additional information about the progressive reopening of its borders next week.
Since February, New Zealand has effectively controlled the spread of coronavirus inside its borders, with no community cases reported. About 2,500 confirmed coronavirus infections and 26 fatalities have been recorded in the Pacific island country.


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