Chur! New Zealand will allow travellers from Australia to enter the country without mandatory hotel quarantine from April 19th and I can already taste the battered blue cod.
“Cabinet was presented with advice today that conditions for opening up quarantine-free travel with Australia had been met,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Australian’s will be allowed to cross the Tasman quar-free from 11:59pm on Sunday, April 18 New Zealand time, aka Monday, April 19th.
Though Jacinda Ardern urges travellers to remain cautious should travel plans change at short notice if there’s an outbreak.
“Those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware,” she said. “People will need to plan for the possibility of travel being disrupted if there is an outbreak.”
The bubble allows travel from anywhere in Australia to anywhere in New Zealand as long as there are flights operating. We will finally see the fruits of our labour from all those hours we set aside bingeing the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchise during this heinous and wretched twelve months.
“We can expect to see a lot of emotional scenes at our airports in two weeks’ time with many families and friends reunited after not seeing each other for more than a year,” Australian Airports Association chief executive James Goodwin added.
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“Our consumer research suggests Australians are eager to get on an aircraft and start travelling again with almost 80% supportive of creating travel bubbles with countries where levels of Covid-19 are low.
“International travel is the key to Covid recovery with international visitors spending on average three times more than domestic tourists.”