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Australia New Zealand travellers to return to Australia after Acting Chief Medical Officer lifts travel bubble suspension

07:10  31 january  2021
07:10  31 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The suspension of the New Zealand travel bubble has been lifted , allowing quarantine-free travel to resume. People in New Zealand wanting to travel to Australia must have been in New Zealand and out of hotel quarantine for at least a fortnight. The Acting Chief Medical Officer wants arrivals to be screened for at least the next 10 days. New Zealand authorities will continue to share contract tracing reports with their Australian counterparts.

Green zone travel arrangements with New Zealand suspended for minimum of 72 hours. Greg Hunt says this has been done "out of an abundance of caution" after a person tested positive in New Zealand with the South African variant. All passengers from New Zealand with a safe zone flight scheduled in the next 72 hours should reconsider their need to travel . There are two green zone flights from New Zealand due to travel to Australia later today. "They will as a consequence have to go into hotel quarantine, or such other arrangements as individual states may implement, for up to 14 days


a person standing in front of a window: The bubble was initially formed with a few states and later became a national arrangement. (ABC News: Holly Richardson) © Provided by ABC Health The bubble was initially formed with a few states and later became a national arrangement. (ABC News: Holly Richardson)

The suspension of the New Zealand travel bubble has been lifted, allowing quarantine-free travel to resume.

Special arrangements have allowed New Zealanders to come to Australia without having to quarantine, but that was suspended last Monday.

The Australian Government suspended green-zone travel arrangements after New Zealand recorded its first case in the community in two months.

A 56-year-old woman had recently returned from overseas and was found to have contracted the South African strain of coronavirus that is more transmissible, and two more people who were staying in the same hotel as the woman had also tested positive.

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Acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd says 12 people who were in hotel quarantine in Auckland arrived in Sydney before the travel bubble was suspended , with three of them transiting on to Hong Kong. Mandatory hotel quarantine will be imposed on New Zealanders travelling to Australia for an extra three days after the Federal Government extended the suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble . Green-zone travel arrangements were paused after a Kiwi woman infected with the highly contagious South African variant of COVID-19 travelled to about 30 New Zealand locations before

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday extended its suspension of the " travel bubble " arrangement with New Zealand for another 72 hours until Sunday, mandating a 14-day hotel quarantine for all arrivals. © Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT FILE PHOTO: A police officer watches an entrance to a quarantine hotel in Sydney. The suspension "allows continuing protection of the people of Australia while the extent of the situation in New Zealand continues to be clarified", Australia 's Acting Chief Medical Officer told a televised conference. (Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Himani Sarkar).

Acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said because there had been no further transmission, the suspension would be lifted from 2:00pm AEDT today.

He said that to be eligible to fly on a green-zone flight to Australia from New Zealand, passengers must have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days.

"I've also recommended to the Australian Government that time spent in hotel quarantine does not form part of the required 14 days in New Zealand," he said.

"This means that people arriving in New Zealand and spending time in hotel quarantine must have been released from hotel quarantine for at least 14 days before they are eligible to take a green safe zone flight to Australia.

"The AHPPC will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand very closely and we will receive daily reports from the New Zealand health authorities on the results of the continuing contact tracing related to this outbreak."

Trans-Tasman travel ban lifted

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday extended its suspension of the " travel bubble " arrangement with New Zealand for another 72 hours until Sunday, mandating a 14-day hotel quarantine for all arrivals. © Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT FILE PHOTO: A police officer watches an entrance to a quarantine hotel in Sydney. The suspension "allows continuing protection of the people of Australia while the extent of the situation in New Zealand continues to be clarified", Australia 's Acting Chief Medical Officer told a televised conference. (Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Himani Sarkar).

Australia on Thursday extended its suspension of the " travel bubble " arrangement with New Zealand for another 72 hours until Sunday, mandating a 14-day hotel quarantine for all arrivals. The trans-Tasman bubble was suspended on Monday after New Zealand detected a positive coronavirus case with the South African strain which, authorities say, is highly transmissible. The suspension "allows continuing protection of the people of Australia while the extent of the situation in New Zealand continues to be clarified", Australia 's Acting Chief Medical Officer told a televised conference.

Professor Kid said the decision was able to be made due to New Zealand's strong public health response to the cases.

"Given there is still a small risk of further associated cases being detected and with an abundance of caution, I've recommended to the Australian Government that pre- and post-flight screening be implemented for all safe travel zone flights from New Zealand for the next 10 days," he said.

The bubble was formed at the end of 2020, allowing New Zealanders to travel to certain Australian states before later becoming a national agreement.

The Federal Government has repeatedly said it would like to see the arrangement become reciprocal and Australians allowed to travel quarantine-free across the ditch.

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