Foreign travel ends the nation’s 24-day streak of being free from COVID-19, with 3 new cases of COVID-19 reported on 18 June.


  • Quarantine breaches and other failures resulted in three new COVID-19 cases, putting an end to the nation’s 24-day run with no positive cases.
  • New Zealand’s defence force will now oversee the country’s quarantine facilities and strengthen border requirements. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cites the need for the confidence, rigour and discipline that the military can provide.
  • The country’s border had remained closed to everyone except for returning citizens; certain exceptions have been made for business and compassion reasons. The suspension of compassionate exemptions will continue until further notice.
  • New opportunities for cooperation and bilateral exchange emerge between New Zealand and China in light of the post COVID-19 economic recovery. Provisions in the bilateral free trade agreement signed by the two countries came into full force in 2019.