More MIQ rooms to be released for Kiwis stranded overseas

Another 3800 managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) bookings will be up for grabs this evening in the second release using the online virtual lobby system.

Last Monday, more than 30,000 people logged in to try to get one of the rooms on offer.

Tonight's room release will start at 6pm, and people can log into the MIQ portal from 5pm.

The release is for dates between October and December.

At the 1pm Covid-19 briefing, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said thousands more rooms would be released in the next few weeks.

"The reason we stagger those releases is because some people may have urgent needs that only arise say, in October and November and it allows hose people to get equal access if those needs arise a little closer to the time."

For travellers from Australia

The MIQ website states: "Air New Zealand will be adding 31 red flights for December, in addition to the flights in October and November, which means travellers from Australia are now able to book MIQ spots for December.

"Air New Zealand have both red and green flights for December. If you secure an MIQ date in a room release, please make sure you book a red flight via Air NZ. These flights will be labelled as quarantine flights on Air NZ's website."