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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Couple caught out breaking self-isolation rule

No one is expected to enjoy self-isolation in the age of the coronavirus - but neither can travellers just ignore it.
Well, one Hong Kong couple visiting New Zealand thought the rule did not apply to them. Only to get caught out.

The ever-reliable Travel Mole reported that a Hong Kong couple wase removed from a tour in New Zealand and handed over to police for flouting self-quarantine rules.

After just a few days of self-isolation the pair rented a campervan and took a heli-hiking tour of the Fox Glacier alongside 10 other people.

Fox Glacier Guiding CEO Rob Jewell said the couple was told about the self-isolation rules several times during their trip.

He said the company only realised they were breaking their quarantine while they were on the glacier.

Another helicopter was sent up to take them off the mountain and were handed over to police.

"We found out that these people had been told on their arrival to Christchurch Airport about the self-isolation rules," Jewell said.

"They had then picked up a Maui campervan and on collecting that van Maui had told them about self-isolating and it was in their documentation..

"These people had agreed to it yet they decided to basically flout the rules."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said random checks by police are taking place and any violations could result in fines and deportation for foreign visitors.

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