Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble: New Zealand Open For Aussies This Month

Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble: New Zealand Open For Aussies This Month

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today, despite the fact that Australia's border has been open to New Zealanders since October.

"If, however, a case was found that was not clearly linked to the border, and a state responded by a short lockdown to identify more information, we'd likely pause flights from that state in the same way we would stop travel into and out of a region in New Zealand as if it was going into a full lockdown".

The Australian reported this morning that the bubble was expected to begin next Monday, April 12, or the following Monday, April 19, according to the newspaper's federal government and industry sources.

"Our health response now gives us the opportunity to connect with loved ones again", Ms Ardern said.

"We absolutely wish to encourage family and friends to reunite and visitors to come and enjoy the hospitality New Zealand is ready and waiting to offer", she said, but cautioned that "people will need to plan for the possibility of travel being disrupted if there is an outbreak".

About 1.5 million Australians used to visit New Zealand annually pre-Covid.

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The New Zealand leader acknowledged those that had suffered due to the necessary border arrangements.

The airline hinted potential suspensions to the arrangement, already common to the existing one-way bubble, would add too much "complexity". Returning New Zealand residents would be required to undergo 14 days in hotel quarantine, at their own expense.

Australians heading to New Zealand will be kept separate from other global arrives who are still required to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Fears that last week's community transmission of COVID-19 in Queensland could push the bubble back, and put the crossover Super Rugby series in jeopardy, proved to be unfounded despite Ardern acknowledging Brisbane's snap three-day lockdown.

There are hopes the travel bubble will somewhat revive Australian global terminals, which have been dead over the past year of the pandemic.

Ardern has also outlined situations in which the travel bubble would remain in-tact, as well as situations in which it would be paused.

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