The two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been heralded as a new chapter in the recovery from COVID-19.
But Jacinda Ardern is warning prospective travellers to prepare for disruptions when the long-awaited trans-Tasman arrangement begins on April 19.
Speaking on Sunrise, the New Zealand Prime Minister said there was a chance Australians travelling across the ditch could be placed in quarantine.
“We will always make the effort for people to be able to return home, but there may be a small set of circumstances where we might have to use quarantine,” Ms Ardern said on Wednesday.
“We do not anticipate that being a common response.”
Ms Ardern said the trigger for quarantine under the new arrangements included a state being declared a hot spot or going into a short lockdown.
“I know that the same thing has happened in Australia,” she said.
“Planes that have just landed and suddenly people find themselves either having to turn around and go home, going into a 14-day lockdown.”
Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said Australia would work closely with medical experts to determine its response if its Kiwi neighbours had an outbreak…