New Zealand extends ban on cruise ships

   June 23, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

New Zealand on Monday, June 23, extended the ban on cruise ships arriving in the country.

It also tightened measures for tourists to exit quarantine, after reporting more COVID cases linked to overseas travel.

New Zealand, which has recorded 22 deaths from Coronavirus, was among the first countries in the world to end restrictions after declaring it had no active cases but has seen a number of new cases in recent days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference they were extending the current cruise ship ban which was due to expire on June 30.

Cargo ships will still be allowed to load/unload, fishing vessels to unload/resupply, and ships can come to New Zealand to undertake refitting and repairs, Ardern said, though some quarantine rules will be tightened.

New Zealand reported 2 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, both in managed isolation facilities, taking the total number of active Coronavirus cases to 9.