After more than a year of being unable to leave their home country, Australians will soon be able to visit New Zealand to visit family or go on holiday.
Travel across the Tasman Sea will be permitted for non-essential purposes from 11.59pm on 18 April, effectively making the following day the first on which most Australians will be able to travel overseas.
Both countries closed to their borders to most arrivals in March 2020.
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, described the move as “world leading”
She told a news conference in Wellington: “This is an exciting day. The trans-Tasman bubble represents the start of a new chapter in our Covid response and recovery – one that people have worked so hard for.”
On 21 March Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt, eased restrictions to allow citizens or permanent residents to travel direct to New Zealand if they have been in no other country for at least two weeks before departure.
But at present there are strict quarantine rules on arrival in New Zealand. These will shortly be lifted.
No quarantine will apply in either direction. Passengers and crew will be allowed on flights betweenAustralia and New Zealand only if they have not travelled recently to other countries…