Here is some detail on how the travel bubble will work at airports
To be fair, that plan has been in place at Auckland Airport since May and was developed with the government and the ministry of health. However the action on that plan has been on hold while the government sits in their hands. We’ve had plans in place with Auckland Airport on how to manage passengers flying to and from bubble countries since them.
I feel that the Cooks, like French Polynesia, Fiji and Vanuatu are going to have to make some hard calls on their economy very soon. French Polynesia opened up their boarders with the USA three weeks ago in order to save their economy. Fiji opened boarders to Singapore, China and very soon the USA to protect their economy. Vanuatu will be doing the same.
As a country, we had the opportunity to start talking to these countries early on in order to establish open boarders with a mutually agreeable system. A way that would’ve protected to us both from the ravages from COVID. However as our government has not committed anything, those countries who we would’ve opened up with, have been pushed too far down the road of economic ruin and are prepared to take the risk in order to save their own people.
Each time another Pacific Island paradise makes the call to open up to save themselves, will mean one less country we will open with. I don’t blame those countries because they have to look after themselves and New Zealand is starting to show that although we want them to be healthy, we don’t care about their economic situation, that can become something China can fix for them.