The Government seeks to reduce inbound flights as isolation and quarantine facilities come under immense pressure to meet demand.


  • On 7 July, the New Zealand Government and Air New Zealand – their national carrier – have agreed to put a short-term hold on new bookings of inbound international flights. However, the airline’s domestic services and outbound services from New Zealand to international ports will not be affected by the new restrictions.
  • The government is in the midst of engaging with other airlines on managing flows, in a bid to restrict passenger numbers due to limited quarantine facilities, as more New Zealanders return home as the pandemic worsens.
  • The nation’s isolation and quarantine facilities are under “extreme stress” and is unable to readily respond to increasing demands. Housing Minister Megan Woods added that “the last thing (they) need are hastily set-up facilities to meet demand, so (they) must have a manageable number of fit-for-purpose, safe facilities that do the job of stopping Covid at the border.”