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Businesses push back on Australia and New Zealand travel bans

With low infection rates, companies say entry limits are too strict

A passenger arrives from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened. Travelers outside the bubble are still largely banned.   © Reuters

SYDNEY --  International businesses are growing restless over the strict travel bans imposed by Australia and New Zealand to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying the restrictions are too onerous and risk hurting the economy.

In March, both countries instituted bans that prohibit noncitizens from entering. Australia has made an exception for those who possess critical technical skills, but roadblocks remain there as well.

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