TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today

Sydney temperatures are expected to peak on Thursday and Friday

Sydney temperatures are expected to peak on Thursday and Friday

It's the first step towards a so called Trans-Tasman bubble.

From Friday, Kiwis will be able to travel to Sydney without having to quarantine on arrival.

None of the passengers on the flight from Auckland to Sydney will be required to quarantine in Australia. But those returning to New Zealand will still need to go through quarantine.

It comes more than six months after Australia's borders were closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But on Thursday, Australia's Department of Home Affairs published an update on its website which confirmed New Zealanders travelling under the safe travel zone arrangement will be automatically exempt from Australia's travel restrictions.

Australia and New Zealand are among the first countries in the Asia-Pacific region to loosen restrictions on worldwide travel since Covid-19 travel bans came into effect earlier this year.

New Zealand has recorded 1,880 cases and 25 deaths from Covid-19, while Australia has seen over 27,000 infections and 904 deaths. There are now no hotspots in New Zealand. Around 200 people were expected to board the flight.

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Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar all had flights scheduled to arrive in Sydney on Friday.

Flight NZ103 will depart Auckland at 10.40am and will be a quarantine-free flight.

Between October 16 and 24, the airline would operate three quarantine flights - on October 17, 22 and 24 - and all other flights would be quarantine-free.

Flight Centre's Victoria Courtney told Heather du Plessis-Allan there's huge demand with Air New Zealand's first flight tomorrow morning almost full.

Passengers were being warned if they wanted to interstate beyond New South Wales they would need to ensure they had checked state and territory travel restrictions and had the appropriate exemptions or approvals to travel, as these continue to change.

Kiwis won't have to quarantine across the ditch, but they will have to pay for 14 days in managed isolation upon arriving back.

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