New Zealand is imposing stricter border controls with arrivals from virtually all countries, who will soon be needing a negative Covid test before boarding the plane in the origin country, Stuff reports. On Tuesday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins gave Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield new powers, in order for Dr Bloomfield to more easily require negative tests for arrivals from all countries apart from Australia, some Pacific Island nations, and Antarctica. The list of countries from which passengers will need to return a negative test will soon be expanded, and tests will need to be taken within 72 hours of flying to New Zealand.
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