30 Jun 2020

Stranded kiwi says isolation co-payment talks making her anxious

From Morning Report, 6:12 am on 30 June 2020

A New Zealander stranded in Finland says the government's talks around possible co-payment for travellers have made her feel unwelcome and anxious.

.The Prime Minister said on Monday that the government was working through legal issues around any possible rules that would require returning citizens to chip in for their mandatory two-week hotel stay.

Aucklander Merja Myllylahti travelled to Finland in February to bury her dad, and she's been stuck there ever since after two attempts to get back in March failed.

She's due to finally return on Saturday, and she knows she'll have to enter managed isolation for two weeks before she can see her family.

Myllylahti told RNZ reporter Rachel Thomas the co-payment commentary has felt hostile and made her question if she even wants to return.