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Australia Highly anticipated trans-Tasman bubble to potentially reopen by Friday

13:50  05 april  2021
13:50  05 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Australia and New Zealand to sign off on quarantine-free travel bubble The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand could reopen within a week as both countries continue to enjoy low coronavirus cases. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to announce the start date of the bubble today, which will allow travellers to fly without needing to quarantine.The first flights are expected to start on April 12 or April 19, according to federal government and industry sources who spoke to The Australian.Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry tourism chief John Hart told the publication 'the 19th was pretty much definite'.

The highly anticipated trans - Tasman bubble is expected to reopen as early as Friday after Air New Zealand ramped up its flight offerings to Australia. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce the start date of the bubble tomorrow that will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel without having to undergo hotel quarantine at either end. Share or comment on this article: New Zealand drop major hint that country will open its travel bubble with Australia by FRIDAY .

On Tuesday, the Government is expected when a travel bubble will open between Australia and New Zealand.

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The highly anticipated trans-Tasman bubble is expected to reopen as early as Friday after Air New Zealand ramped up its flight offerings to Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce the start date of the bubble tomorrow that will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel without having to undergo hotel quarantine at either end.

Air New Zealand is already offering daily flights between Auckland and Sydney, as well as Melbourne from Friday April 9 - hinting at the potential start date.

The airline is also planning to launch a new route between Auckland and Hobart when the travel bubble reopens.

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That may change when the bubble opens , but at the moment the plan is that the food will be served in Australia and you get your coffee through your phone.” The airline has begun to look into a new international lounge for Auckland, Chave said. “That’s an area we’ re exploring at the moment. “Revenge travel we’ re calling it,” Swarbrick said. “It’s going to be like Queestown. Queenstown got completely slammed when we reopened , so I'm sure that we'll get the same sort of response.” After a year of being eerily empty, she is looking forward to seeing Auckland’s international airport fill up again.

a man standing next to a suitcase: The trans-Tasman bubble is expected to reopen between New Zealand and Australian as early as Friday (pictured: passengers arriving in Sydney from Auckland) © Provided by Daily Mail The trans-Tasman bubble is expected to reopen between New Zealand and Australian as early as Friday (pictured: passengers arriving in Sydney from Auckland) a plane sitting on top of a runway: Air New Zealand (pictured) are already offering flights between Auckland and Sydney as well as Melbourne from Friday, April 9 © Provided by Daily Mail Air New Zealand (pictured) are already offering flights between Auckland and Sydney as well as Melbourne from Friday, April 9

Australian airlines Qantas and Jetstar are preparing to ramp up flights in time for the travel corridors opening.

Ms Ardern has said there will be no vaccine requirement when travelling in the trans-Tasman bubble.

While travellers from New Zealand could enter some Australian states without undergoing hotel quarantine, once they returned to New Zealand, they had to complete and pay for 14 days of quarantine.

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A Trans - Tasman bubble allowing travel between Australia and New Zealand is “on pause” after new Covid-19 outbreaks, and may be delayed until after NZ’s general election, possibly until next year. Australia is in discussions with Fiji about opening two-way travel between the two countries, but Hawke said no other Pacific country had yet expressed an interest in opening their borders to travellers from Australia. “Other countries so far have not indicated their willingness to have a bubble yet and we understand that.

“A trans - Tasman Covid-safe travel zone would be mutually beneficial, assisting our trade and economic recovery, helping kick-start the tourism and transport sectors, enhancing sporting contacts, and reuniting families and friends,” the Prime Ministers said in a joint statement on May 5. “We need Leaders from South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have said they’ re prepared to wait even longer. As far as the “ bubble ” itself is concerned, the plan is to start slow before potentially expanding it beyond Australia and New Zealand to include neighboring Pacific island

When the trans-Tasman bubble reopens, this will no longer be a mandatory requirement.

Ms Ardern said New Zealand will be taking a state-by-state approach, with only some Australian states to be included in the bubble.

a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: The travel bubble will allow travellers from Australia and New Zealand to travel between the two countries without quarantine (pictured: passengers at Sydney International airport) © Provided by Daily Mail The travel bubble will allow travellers from Australia and New Zealand to travel between the two countries without quarantine (pictured: passengers at Sydney International airport)

New Zealanders can currently enter New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory without having to quarantine, but not Western Australia.

The decision comes after months of deliberation and pressure from her political opponents, with Ms Ardern pledging to give a new start date on April 6.

Ms Ardern has walked away from two previous deadlines to create the bubble.

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The Prime Minister says a trans - Tasman bubble is a while away in the wake of an explosion of Covid-19 cases across the ditch.

Seventeen passengers from New Zealand who travelled to Sydney under the trans - Tasman bubble arrangements have been caught entering Melbourne. Key points: Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is currently limited to New South Wales and the Northern Territory. "Victoria has not agreed to a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand and did not expect to receive international travellers as a result of NSW making that arrangement," DHHS said in a statement.

Government officials have been tinkering with plans, including regulations for airports, airlines, how to contact trace Kiwis while overseas, and response protocols to Australian outbreaks.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Air New Zealand (pictured) is planning on adding additional quarantine-free flights from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from next week © Provided by Daily Mail Air New Zealand (pictured) is planning on adding additional quarantine-free flights from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from next week

One of the conditions of the plan is a separation of airports into 'green zones' for quarantine-free flights and 'red zones' for flights carrying passengers from countries with Covid in the community.

Airport executives say they will be ready from mid-April, and health officials are due to inspect Auckland Airport this week with a view to clearing the country's biggest airport for takeoff.

The national carrier hopes to fly from NZ's three other international airports, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, when the bubble is announced.

Ms Ardern's government built enormous credibility with Kiwis in 2020 by putting a premium on public safety during the pandemic.

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  Aussie mum bursts into tears after daughter's surprising announcement Newstalk ZB journalist Chelsea Daniels phoned her mum Michelle after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the trans-Tasman travel bubble will start on April 19.Newstalk ZB journalist Chelsea Daniels phoned her mum Michelle on Tuesday after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the trans-Tasman travel bubble allowing quarantine free travel with Australia from April 19.

More than a year after the arrival of coronavirus' arrival to Aotearoa, New Zealanders remain fearful of the return of the deadly virus.

Many do not want a bubble, even if Australia's hotspot model has proven effective at containing outbreaks within local environments.

NZ first agreed the bubble in May after Ms Ardern attended National Cabinet, with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders.

Ms Ardern pledged to restore regular travel by September, before Melbourne's major outbreak quashed those hopes.

In her final press conference of 2020, she declared the government's new deadline was the end of March - only to see that timeframe sail past again.

NZ has managed to restore pre-Covid travel for one country - the Cook Islanders - but only for residents of the closely aligned Pacific nation

a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Jacinda Ardern's cabinet is expected to sign off on an opening date for quarantine-free travel from Australia that could open as early as this Friday (pictured: passengers arriving in Sydney International Airport from NZ) © Provided by Daily Mail Jacinda Ardern's cabinet is expected to sign off on an opening date for quarantine-free travel from Australia that could open as early as this Friday (pictured: passengers arriving in Sydney International Airport from NZ) Read more

Cheap and easy flights to New Zealand? Do not get too excited, aviation experts say .
While you may be keen for quarantine-free travel across the ditch, it may not be as cheap or as easy as you were hoping for.But if you are thinking of racing out to book cheap flights when the trans-Tasman bubble starts on April 19, you might want to wait a while.

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