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Excitement builds as Cook Islands travel bubble begins

After more than a year, New Zealanders are finally able to travel to the Cook Islands without having to quarantine.

The first flight to Rarotonga took off from Auckland Airport with 297 passengers just before 9am this morning and successfully landed in Rarotonga about 2.30pm (NZ time).

The airport was packed with people waiting for loved ones and friends. The first batch of vaccines was also on the flight to be rolled out to the country.

Prime Minister Mark Brown, who is on the first bubble flight to New Zealand for meetings, said he was confident the Cook Islands was ready for the bubble, and he was happy the first step had been taken.

Source : RNZ, 18th May 2021

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