New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

Many Canberrans, deprived of overseas travel for more than a year, will jump at the chance of a New Zealand holiday, not to mention New Zealanders wanting to see family again after being grounded in Australia by the pandemic.

"I can confirm that quarantine-free travel will begin in just under two weeks, at 11:59pm on April 18", Ardern announced after the date was confirmed by her cabinet.

An excited Ms Ardern appeared on the Today show on Wednesday morning to discuss Tuesday's announcement with hosts Karl Stefanovic and Leila McKinnon.

The Australian Airports Association said the long-awaited two-way travel bubble would provide a much-needed boost to the aviation and tourism sectors and help to increase the confidence of potential travellers.

"That's why every seat on every Qantas and Jetstar flight for the first three days of the travel bubble opening will be Classic Flight Rewards".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was tremendous that the bubble would be open in time for Anzac Day.

"The Director-General of Health considers the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from Australia to New Zealand to now be low, and that quarantine-free travel would be safe to commence", she said on Tuesday.

"Australia's airports have been calling for a cautious and planned approach to broadening the scope for global travel and this is a good start".

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Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

"That makes New Zealand and Australia relatively unique".

"For instance, if a case is found that is quite clearly linked to a border worker in a quarantine facility and is well contained, you'll likely see travel continue in the same way as you could see life continue if that happened here in Australia", explained Ardern. This will include vigilant contact tracing, and "green zones" separating travellers from Australia and New Zealand, and travellers from other destinations not within the bubble.

People will also be denied travel if they have any cold or flue symptoms.

Australians should expect new rules such as temperature checks and mask wearing the next time they cross the Tasman.

"I can not see or point to any countries in the world that are maintaining a strategy of keeping their countries Covid-free whilst opening up worldwide travel between each other", she said.

Last December, Mr Byron said the Airport was ready to roll with the airlines and had approvals in place with Australian Border Force for the operation of the terminal for New Zealand arrivals.

CEO Stephen Byron has said Canberra's COVID-safe record made it the ideal choice to be a port of departure and arrival for trans-Tasman travel, for which there was huge pent-up demand.

The idea of the travel bubble has been in the news for almost 12 months but has previously been scuttled due to outbreaks.

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