New Zealand extends cruise ship ban

New Zealand has extended  a ban on cruise ships arriving in the country. It has also tightened the conditions which visitors need to fulfil to exit quarantine. The move on Monday June 22nd came after the country reported more cases of Covid-19 that traced back to overseas travel. The ban had been set to expire on June 30th.

New Zealand had ended all restrictions after seeing no active cases for some time. However, it has seen a small number of new cases in recent days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference that “we are extending the current cruise ship ban which was due to expire on the 30th of June”.

Cargo vessels will still be allowed to load and unload, and fishing vessels will be permitted to unload and resupply. Vessels would be permitted to enter New Zealand ports to undertake repairs and refitting, Ardern said, although she noted that some quarantine rules would be tightened.