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Woman, dying sister reunite after Australia exempts travel

Christine Archer tearfully embraced her sister, Gail Baker, after weeks of bureaucracy wrangling over pandemic travel restrictions.
A couple holding hands.(Photo: Creatas Images)

CANBERRA, Australian Capital Territory — A woman has finally reunited with her dying sister in Australia after weeks of bureaucracy wrangling over pandemic travel restrictions.

Australia had rejected Christine Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted attention. Her only sister, Gail Baker, was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer after both countries stopped international travel.

They reunited in a tearful embrace on Wednesday. It's the first time they've seen each other in person in six years.

Archer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. she is surprised that her persistence paid off.

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