A one-way neutral-free trip for RSE staff will begin in October

The first phase of one-way quarantine free travel with Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will begin in October, RSE staff, Covi-19 response minister and Agriculture Minister Demien O’Connor announced.

“We want to reassure the horticulture industry that we are moving forward with a safe quarantine-free journey for the farming industry,” said O’Connor.

He says there are a number of reasons why the Hypkins program can only be started by RSE staff.

“RSE workers come to New Zealand in a group and stay in an employer-run accommodation. “As soon as they arrive, it will help them to avoid any further danger from VV-19 by making sure they stay away from pre-organized areas.”

To reduce the risk of CVD-19 transmission, additional health measures have been put in place, including requirements for hippins workers to be vaccinated, complete isolation upon arrival in New Zealand, and return negative CVD-19 tests. 0 and day 5.

O’Connor said the decision reflects the important benefits of the RSE program for New Zealand, Pacific partners, workers and their families and communities.

Up to 14,400 RSE workers typically enter New Zealand each year, with an estimated 10,500 pre-harvest season in the country.

He said the arrival of these workers in the New Zealand fruit and vegetable sector and in our partner countries has caused some flights to be postponed in August and September due to the New Zealand Level 4 alarm system. .

“We are closely following the first phase of this one-way quarantine-free journey. While it is safe to do so, it remains to be seen whether to extend the neutrality of these countries and to Tokla to New Zealand. Meanwhile, other people entering these countries from New Zealand must meet MIQ requirements.

O’Connor said: “I would also like to thank the leaders of the horticulture sector for their constructive work in reaching this announcement.

Officials in New Zealand are working with partner Pacific countries and industry to finalize the final flight dates in October.

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