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Australia Australians to travel to New Zealand 'by end of year'

12:16  27 september  2020
12:16  27 september  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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The much-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand could be on the cards within weeks as COVID-19 cases continue to decline in NSW.

The travel bubble between the sister countries was first proposed in April when the first wave of COVID-19 cases began to fall, but Australia's internal border battles halted any decisions.

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a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: Air New Zealand Boeing 777 seen parked at Christchurch International Airport. © SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett Air New Zealand Boeing 777 seen parked at Christchurch International Airport.

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The idea re-emerged at last Friday's National Cabinet meeting when Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested the formation of a travel bubble, but with a few amendments from original discussions.

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Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham told Nine's Today Show this morning that he hoped Australians would be able to travel freely and safely to New Zealand by the end of the year.

"We're working hard to make sure every safety precaution and measure is in place through our airports, our border protections, screening processes, to make sure people can travel safely between Australia and New Zealand without risk of encountering other air travellers that may be coming in from higher risk countries," Mr Birmingham said.

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Many Australians cancelled travel plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak — so when will International travel will be off the table for the foreseeable future. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said " New Zealand is probably going to be the most attractive and most likely the [first] international

New Zealand was on my bucket list for at least a couple of years until I finally bought a ticket to Auckland. I was so excited about it that I started to plan my The official languages in New Zealand are English and Māori. English is spoken by everyone which makes traveling in the country a breeze!

Simon Birmingham wearing a suit and tie: Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham. © Getty Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.

Unfortunately for now, travel will initially be one way for New Zealanders to come to Australia.

New Zealanders would not have to quarantine when arriving in Australia, but travel would only be permitted for residents of the south island, as the north island has a small cluster emerging.

The general criteria for quarantine-free travel is 28 days with no community transmission.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway:  Travel bodies hope Australians will be able to visit New Zealand before Christmas. © iStock Travel bodies hope Australians will be able to visit New Zealand before Christmas.

"Ultimately, whether New Zealand opens up to Australia will be a matter for New Zealand, but we are working to make sure we're ready and hopefully we can see those steps taken this year," Mr Birmingham said.

Travel bodies hope Australians will be able to visit New Zealand before Christmas.

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