debo:Apparently this is becoming more and more of a problem with people with a right to return to NZ, returning for a holiday for a month or two, and then going back. eg Coming from the UK or the US. So the tax payer ends up paying about 4k for each of these people.
So everyone coming back now will have "plans" to stay 90 days, but once they clear the quarantine charges I bet those "plans" will change for a lot of them. Worse case scenario is they may get a bill in the mail. Worth a try though.
All the others just need to visit a funeral, get one of those hand out cards to prove you went, make up some story of how you knew them and hey presto- exemption! (and you get a free feed)
I think some people are forgetting that we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and IMO it is not really a time for people to be travelling the world on holidays. Or if they are, they should be paying all costs. It was travel that spread this virus in teh first place.
So each person that comes into NZ as a Covid free nation, poses a risk to our Covid free status and have to be properly managed for 2 weeks. So it is really a process we want to do once for each person, so they can return to NZ and stay here while the pandemic is on. So am surprised that people can then just travel into NZ, and then back out again after a few weeks of being here. I thought the government were advising NZers not to travel out of NZ on holiday to other countries (eg the UK), but it doesn't seem to apply in the other direction. I guess it is good they get this charge in before holidays including Christmas holidays to prevent taxpayers having to pay for the managed isolation for these people coming to NZ on holiday, rather than actually returning here to live. Half a billion dollar pricetag for managed isolation before Christmas is not a price tag NZ can afford at the moment IMO. Plus space at these hotels is limited anyway. It should be reserved to legit people needing to return to NZ, not people coming over for a period of less than 90 days.
To be honest I am surprised they don't introduce something like, you can have 1 free stay at an isolation hotel. But if you travel in and out of NZ multiple times, you have to pay for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th stay etc. But I guess we could then still get a lot of people coming over for the holidays and filling up the isolation hotels.