Dust off your passport and get your suitcase ready, because Australian residents may be able to fly to New Zealand – without having to enter mandatory hotel quarantine – from next week.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to give the trans-Tasman bubble the green light after more than a year of closed international borders between both countries.
Quarantine-free travel is expected to start on either April 12 or 19, Federal Government and industry sources told The Australian.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry tourism chief John Hart told the publication the “19th was pretty much definite”, adding that is the date most airlines have been given.
Air New Zealand appears to also be eyeing off April 19 as the correct date, with the airline significantly increasing flights from that date onwards.
It has 23 return services between Auckland and Sydney that week, compared to just four return flights this week.
However, Ms Ardern told reporters in New Zealand this morning that airlines had provided a view on if they were ready for the bubble, but said she had not told airlines the final announcement and bubble launch date…