Australia-New Zealand travel bubble set to open on 18 April

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced her country will officially open the trans-Tasman bubble with Australia at 11.59pm on Sunday 18 April 2021.

This means two-way travel between New Zealand and Australia will be able to take place without quarantining at either end.

Since October 2020, people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days prior to travel have been considered to be from a “green zone”. Under the Federal Government’s rules, they have been able to enter Australia without completing a 14 day mandatory quarantine.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins this afternoon confirmed that all the conditions for the bubble have been met.

“The Director-General of Health considers the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from Australia to New Zealand is low and that quarantine free travel is safe to commence,” Ardern said.

Flights from an Australian state would be paused, if there was a lockdown in said state, she said.

New Zealand’s plan in the event of an outbreak in Australia which involves three possible scenarios: continue, pause, suspend.

More details on the New Zealand Government’s website here.