New Zealand Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade
24 June 2021
195 Lambton Quay
Private Bag 18−901
T +64 4 439 8000
[FYI request #15109 email]
F +64 4 472 9596
Tēnā koe Micky Turner
I refer to your Official Information Act (OIA) request that was transferred to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade on 12 April 2021. You requested the following information:
All documentation [the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade] has regarding a ‘Taiwan &
New Zealand Travel Bubble’ from 1 April 2020 until now.
Please include all internal emails between Government Ministers, as well as emails to and
from Taiwanese (& Chinese politicians, NZ mayors, NZ tourism operators, NZ media and
On 11 May 2021, we advised that an extension was required due to the need for further
consultation and review. Thank you for your patience while this process was completed.
The Ministry has identified a number of documents that contain references that would fall
within the scope of your request. However, this information is withheld in full under section
6(a) of the OIA to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the international
relations of the New Zealand Government.
In an effort to meet the intent of your request, we have summarised the information in these
A number of jurisdictions, including Taiwan, have expressed interest in forming a travel bubble
with New Zealand, or otherwise establishing schemes to facilitate the movement of people
across borders. On each occasion, officials have responded to note that the New Zealand
border plays a central role in preventing COVID-19 from entering the country, and
New Zealand will continue to move cautiously and carefully on the removal of any border
restrictions. Our focus has been on establishing quarantine-free travel initiatives with Australia,
the Cook Islands and Niue.
The health of New Zealanders and our Pacific neighbours will continue to be our priority. Our
goal is to progressively re-open our borders to the world where it is safe to do so and where
we can maintain our strategy of keeping COVID-19 out of New Zealand. We recognise there
are several other economies that would welcome a dialogue about possible quarantine-free
travel arrangements. There is no timeline for those conversations at this stage, but we look
forward to having them when the public health situation allows it.
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