Expanded travel advice will be called for when Pacific Islands’ bubble forms

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Expanded travel advice will be called for when Pacific Islands’ bubble forms

Elinor Slater

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If the Government sanctions travel bubbles, expect to provide travel advice for places previously considered low-risk destinations

Travel “bubbles” will become a reality soon, and many people will be considering the Pacific Islands. Preparation for visiting this region needs to be expanded from that of pre-COVID-19 times, when travellers may not have presented for pre-travel advice

Elinor Slater

This article has been endorsed by the RNZCGP and has been approved for up to 0.25 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme and conti
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