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Australia New Zealand reinstates COVID-19 travel bubble with NSW

10:50  08 may  2021
10:50  08 may  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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New Zealand will reinstate the COVID - 19 travel bubble with New South Wales from Sunday, if there are no further significant developments. The country decided to temporarily pause quarantine-free travel on Thursday after two COVID - 19 cases were detected in Sydney. No other local infections have been found in the city since.

COVID - 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins pauses travel bubble between New Zealand and NSW as Sydney scrambles to contain two worrying Covid cases.

NSW residents will be allowed to travel to New Zealand from Sunday, after two consecutive days of no community transmission.  © Getty NSW residents will be allowed to travel to New Zealand from Sunday, after two consecutive days of no community transmission. 

New Zealand will reinstate the COVID-19 travel bubble with New South Wales from Sunday, if there are no further significant developments.

The country decided to temporarily pause quarantine-free travel on Thursday after two COVID-19 cases were detected in Sydney.

Since then NSW has had two consecutive days of no community transmission, while restrictions have limited gatherings at home and in indoor venues.

Flights from the state will be allowed to land in New Zealand from 9:59pm (local time) on Sunday, provided no new community cases are found.

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New Zealand health officials wasted no time announcing restrictions against NSW , just weeks after both nations opened the trans-Tasman travel bubble . “That, to me, is an overreaction,” Ms Berejiklian told Sunrise. “ If that's what the department says they must do, that's what she does. COVID - 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said while Sydney’s new case was not unexpected being a household contact, there were several outstanding unknowns so it was safest to pause flights, but the situation would be under constant review. “We do acknowledge this has the potential to disrupt people’s travel

Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and New South Wales has been paused while the source of Sydney's local COVID - 19 transmission is investigated. Addedan hour ago.

New Zealand authorities will not allow anyone to enter the country who has been at any of the exposure sites, at the specified times announced by NSW Health, within the previous 14 days.

“Airlines and border officials will be asking people to declare whether they have been at one of the locations of interest,” a New Zealand government statement said.

“If you have, you will not be able to travel from NSW, or any border in Australia, to New Zealand.”

New Zealand's decision to halt the travel bubble with Australia's most populous state was due to "several outstanding unknowns", the country's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

"We weighed this up very carefully. It's a finely balanced decision," he said on Thursday.

"We do acknowledge that there's the potential to disrupt people's travel."

Restrictions across Greater Sydney are still in effect, with masks compulsory on public transport and no more than 20 guests allowed in a home.

The restrictions will remain in place until 12:01am on Monday.

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand from Australia was introduced in April, following the relative success of both countries containing COVID-19.

More travel bubbles likely as NZ flights resume .
Travel between Australia and other countries could resume this year, with experts predicting coronavirus could be treated like a simple cold. It comes as flights between NSW and New Zealand resume today after two positive COVID-19 cases in Sydney suspended travel between the two locations. © Getty Travel between NSW and New Zealand has resumed today after two positive COVID-19 cases in Sydney suspended flights between the two locations. Infectious disease expert, Professor Robert Booy, told Today he believes more travel bubbles will open between Australia and other countries in the coming months.

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