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Australia Australia and New Zealand announce travel bubble starts from April

08:50  06 april  2021
08:50  06 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Australia and New Zealand to sign off on quarantine-free travel bubble

  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'.

New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19. The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations comes as a relief to families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19. The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations comes as a relief to families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to Both countries have been successful in stamping out the spread of the virus. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said health officials believe the risk of the virus being transmitted from Australia is low and that travel is now safe. “The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and

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The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will reopen from April 19 as both countries continue to enjoy low coronavirus cases.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the start date of the bubble on Tuesday, which will allow travellers to fly without needing to quarantine.

The Kiwi leader said her cabinet is now satisfied the conditions needed for quarantine-free travel have been met.

But she also warned that with the pandemic still wreaking havoc in many other parts of the world the rules could be subject to rapid change if an outbreak occurs in either country.

Australia and New Zealand agree quarantine-free travel bubble

  Australia and New Zealand agree quarantine-free travel bubble New Zealand and Australia, which have closed borders to the rest of the world in efforts to eradicate Covid-19, will also allow people to travel from one country to the other without Covid tests.The neighbouring nations, which have closed borders to the rest of the world in efforts to eradicate Covid-19, will allow people to travel from one country to the other without mandatory coronavirus testing or forced quarantine.

Jacinda Ardern expected to announce start date of trans-Tasman bubble , which would allow travel between the two countries without quarantining. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is on Tuesday expected to announce a start date for quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand .

Australia and New Zealand are among the first countries in the Asia-Pacific region to loosen restrictions on international travel since Covid-19 travel bans came into effect earlier this year. Singapore and Hong Kong announced on Thursday that they had agreed to quarantine-free travel between the two cities. The bubble currently applies only to the state of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, but Australian officials said they hoped to expand to other states soon. Under the deal, New Zealanders can travel quarantine-free to Australia if they have not been to a Covid-19

'Those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware,' she said.

'People will need to plan for the possibility of travel being disrupted if there is an outbreak.'

text: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announced the trans-Tasman travel bubble open © Provided by Daily Mail New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announced the trans-Tasman travel bubble open a person holding a piece of luggage: The trans-Tasman bubble will reopen between New Zealand and Australia on April 19 (pictured: passengers at Sydney Airport) © Provided by Daily Mail The trans-Tasman bubble will reopen between New Zealand and Australia on April 19 (pictured: passengers at Sydney Airport)

Australians heading to New Zealand will be kept separate from other international arrivals who are still required to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Ms Ardern has said there will be no vaccine requirement when travelling in the trans-Tasman bubble, but some medical checks will be carried out.

Australians to be able to fly to New Zealand later this month as Jacinda Ardern announces start date for trans-Tasman COVID travel bubble

  Australians to be able to fly to New Zealand later this month as Jacinda Ardern announces start date for trans-Tasman COVID travel bubble New Zealand will allow Australian travellers to enter the country without mandatory hotel quarantine from April 19. "Cabinet was presented with advice today that conditions for opening up quarantine-free travel with Australia had been met," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.Ms Ardern warned people to be prepared to have their travel plans changed at short notice, including landing and going into hotel quarantine."Those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware," she said.

The travel bubble will open on Monday April 19. It will allow travel to and from New Zealand and all states in Australia . Travellers must not have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the previous 14-day period and must not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken during that 14-day period. Air NZ also announced it has set up a dedicated team to review COVID-19 compassionate refunds. The policy has been in place since the start of the pandemic. Customers who can no longer travel due to ill health or financial hardship caused by COVID-19 can apply for a compassionate refund.

Australia and New Zealand to sign off on travel bubble TODAY - here's when you can book a flight overseas without needing to quarantine. New Zealand is expected to reopen the trans-Tasman travel bubble in two weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's cabinet to sign off on the decision by Tuesday. Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry tourism chief John Hart told the publication 'the 19th was pretty much definite'. 'That's what the airlines have been told and they've already started bookings,' Mr Hart said. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is set to announce the start date of the

'We will also be undertaking random temperature checks of those arriving as an extra precaution,' Ms Ardern said.

Passengers will also be required to wear facemask during the flight and must download New Zealand's Covid Tracer app.

Ms Ardern said the news will come as a great relief for many Kiwis who have been unable to see loved ones from across the ditch.

'One sacrifice that has been particularly hard for many to bear over the past year has not been able to see friends and family who live in Australia,' she said.

'Our health response now gives us an opportunity to visit with loved ones again as we start a new chapter in our recovery.'

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. The bubble is not expected to reopen for two weeks © Provided by Daily Mail Air New Zealand (pictured) are already offering flights between Auckland and Sydney as well as Melbourne from Friday, April 9. The bubble is not expected to reopen for two weeks a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: The bubble will allow travellers from Australia and New Zealand to travel between the two countries without quarantining (pictured: passengers at Sydney International airport) © Provided by Daily Mail The bubble will allow travellers from Australia and New Zealand to travel between the two countries without quarantining (pictured: passengers at Sydney International airport)

While Ardern acknowledged that Queensland's recent outbreak did cause some concern for cross border travel, the cluster has now been 'contained'.

New local coronavirus case in New Zealand days after bubble announced

  New local coronavirus case in New Zealand days after bubble announced New Zealand has recorded a new positive COVID-19 case in a 24-year-old border worker at one of the country's hotels.The country's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the man, 24, had not yet been vaccinated and travels to work in a private car with a colleague.

The Travel Safe Zone lets people in New Zealand travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory. But travellers from New Zealand have since turned up in Victoria, Western Australia , Tasmania and South Australia . But is there anything wrong with that? Here are four quick questions, answered. While some thought limiting the bubble to NSW and the NT meant visitors had to stay in those areas, it has since become clear that's not the case. On Monday, Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram said the " bubble stops at the international terminal".

RELATED: Australia and New Zealand corridor to be announced . When will the trans-Tasman travel bubble start ? This will be announced by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday afternoon. There is speculation the launch date will be April 19, according to government and industry sources who spoke to The However, Air New Zealand seems to be hedging its bets on April 19 being the correct date, with the airline significantly increasing the number of flights from that date. It has 23 return services between Auckland and Sydney that week, compared to just four return flights this week.

'The cabinet believes any residual risk can be managed,' she said.

Airport executives say they will be ready for the April 19 start date at 11:59 on Sunday, with health officials due to inspect Auckland Airport this week with a view to clearing the country's biggest airport for takeoff.

The national carrier also hopes to fly from New Zealand's three other international airports, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

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

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

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.

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

Australia-NZ travel bubble a 'win-win': PM

  Australia-NZ travel bubble a 'win-win': PM Prime Minister Scott Morrison says New Zealand's decision to allow Australians to cross the ditch without needing to quarantine is a "win-win".For about six months Kiwi arrivals have been able to visit Australia without undertaking quarantine.

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.

New Zealand 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 today (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 today (pictured: passengers arriving in Sydney International Airport from NZ) Read more

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