Australia/New Zealand “Travel Bubble” to Start April 18

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A “travel bubble” to New Zealand will start on April 18th at 11:59 pm as the first international hard border reopening for Australia!

Travellers must be in Australia for 14 days before they intend to travel to New Zealand and must go directly to New Zealand, according to Biosecurity Determination Amendment No. 2.

New Zealand had its last locally acquired case of Covid-19 on the 4th of February 2021 but, like Australia, has been Covid-free for most of the pandemic.

Travellers who are displaying symptoms of cold and flu are not allowed to travel according to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Adern, who says that all flight crew on these flights have not flown on high-risk routes for a period of time.

Restriction-reduced travel to New Zealand will start just in time for the Ski season, with thousands of Australians already booking tickets to Queenstown, “Queenstown had a really significant uptake”, said  Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran.

Masks are mandatory in the airport and for the duration of the flight and passengers are advised to download the NZ Covid tracer app.

Other “travel bubbles” such as the one with New Zealand are being discussed with other countries, such as Singapore. 

Singapore’s Transport Minister, Ong Ye Kung said, “We are exploring with several countries and regions, including Australia, on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates,” regarding the possibility of quarantine-free travel to the city-state.