Q: The father of my children lives in Sydney. Our kids are 11 and 13. They usually travel to see him every holiday break. However, Covid-19 has meant they haven’t seen him since January. The children miss him a lot and want to visit him in the upcoming holidays. They are dual citizens, so I think it is possible. Are the children able to travel alone during this time? When they return to New Zealand, will they need to be accompanied by an adult in isolation? Who is responsible for the cost of isolation?

A: For parents living in different countries, Covid-19 has made a challenging situation even more difficult. Living in a different country from your children requires a big commitment to be there for them whenever possible. Regular, reliable and interesting contact is one way to do this. Another is to organise regular travel to spend time with them.