9 Apr 2021

India travel suspension heartbreaking for New Zealander caught up in it

From Morning Report, 6:38 am on 9 April 2021

A New Zealander caught up in the India travel ban is calling the government's decision high-handed and says it feels like he's been punished for something he has no control over.

Manish went to Dehli in February to care for his sick father, leaving his wife and young daughter in Auckland He was due to fly home on Monday morning - the day after the two-week ban comes into force.

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has not ruled out extending the suspension while officials work how to reduce the risk from those arriving from a country where there's been a massive surge in Covid-19 cases.

Manish told political reporter Katie Scotcher the decision is a big shock.