Three German yachtsmen – two men and a woman – have been detained after arriving in the Bay of Islands, in breach of New Zealand’s covid-19 border restrictions.
Despite being denied permission to enter the country, the trio’s yacht, Anita, arrived in Opua on Friday afternoon.
Immigration officials are now arranging for the three people to be flown home.
Immigration NZ’s border and visa operations manager Peter Elms said the crew requested a border exemption from the Ministry of Health, which was refused.
“New Zealand’s border restrictions are in place for a very good reason – to help stop the spread of covid-19 and protect the health of New Zealand’s population.
“The action by these individuals to knowingly travel here without approval demonstrates a blatant disregard for New Zealand’s border restrictions.”
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