NZ and Australia share travel bubble
The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have released a joint statement about the commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand which begins today.
Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free travel, with New Zealand removing the quarantine requirement for eligible travellers from Australia, say the two prime ministers.
“Trans-Tasman quarantine free travel is a world-leading arrangement that opens up travel while aiming to keep COVID out of the community,” says the prime ministers.
“It reflects the sustained efforts to date of both countries in managing the virus.”
Both Prime Ministers say they are proud of the outstanding success achieved by the people of Australia and New Zealand in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This success, and our confidence that both countries have robust processes in place to ensure travel can be undertaken safely, has made quarantine free travel possible.
“The travel across the Tasman demonstrates our special relationship and the long history of freedom of movement between Australia and New Zealand.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Image: Daniel Hines/SunLive.
The two leaders say that fulfilment of their commitment will allow many friends and family across the Tasman to re-unite for the first time in over a year.
“Our countries share a Single Economic Market, and two-way travel across the Tasman will help drive the economic recovery for both countries while we continue to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic, especially in the travel and tourism sectors,” says the prime ministers.
They say that it will also enable closer trans-Tasman business engagement, which will drive broader economic activity in both Australia and New Zealand.
“Today’s milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe and just in time for ANZAC Day,” says Morrison.
“Both countries have done a remarkable job in protecting our communities from COVID and two-way flights are an important step in our road out.”
“It is truly exciting to start quarantine-free travel with Australia,” says Ardern. “Be it returning family, friends or holiday makers, New Zealand says welcome and enjoy yourself.
“The bubble marks a significant step in both countries reconnection with the world and it’s one we should all take a moment to be very proud of.”
The commencement of two-way travel follows Australia’s decision in October 2020 to allow quarantine free-travel from New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand are also exploring opportunities to extend quarantine-free travel to other countries in the Pacific, when it is safe to do so, reflecting the two countries’ close ties to the Pacific and their commitment to supporting their recovery.
“Ensuring the safety of our populations continues to be a primary consideration in managing our borders. In this evolving pandemic, the risks of quarantine-free travel will be under constant review.”
Travellers will need to be prepared for possible disruption to travel arrangements at short notice and to follow specific protocols before, during and after their travel. Information for travellers can be found on the Australian Smartraveller website and New Zealand's Unite Against COVID-19 website.