It’s time to plan your New Zealand holiday!
Aussies will be able to travel freely to and from New Zealand––without quarantining––starting in two weeks on Monday, April 19 at 12am.
The travel bubble was announced by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a press conference on Tuesday.
The prime minister says the decision to open the trans-Tasman bubble was made after careful consideration and advice from health officials.
“Conditions for opening up quarantine-free travel to Australia have been met,” Ardern says.
“The director general of health considers the risk of transmission from Australia to New Zealand to be low, and that quarantine-free travel would be safe to commence.”
Ardern mentioned the recent outbreak in Queensland, but says she is confident that the cluster is being contained effectively, and that risks can be managed in the future.
However, despite Ardern’s optimism and our excitement at the prospect of travelling to New Zealand, the prime minister warns that travel plans can still be disrupted by changing circumstances.
“Those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware,” she says.
“People will need to plan for the possibility of travel being disrupted if there’s another outbreak.”
More to come.