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New Zealand PM Ardern says travel bubble with Cook Islands to start on May 17

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (AP photo)

New Zealand will start quarantine-free travel with Cook Islands on May 17, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference on Monday (May 3).

"Two-way quarantine-free travel is a significant step in both countries' COVID-19 recovery, and a direct result of both New Zealand and the Cook Islands' successful response to the pandemic," Ardern said at a news conference.

A one-way quarantine-free travel from the Cook Islands to New Zealand has been possible since January. Last month New Zealand and Australia began a similar testing and quarantine-free travel.

Updated : 2021-05-16 12:03 GMT+08:00