Kiwis from coronavirus-free areas will soon be able to visit Australia under the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
Prime Minister’s Scott Morrison, and Jacinda Ardern, agreed to the plan on Friday, October 2nd.
From Friday, October 16th New Zealanders will be allowed to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
“This is the first stage in what we hope to see as a trans-Tasman bubble between the two countries, not just that state and that territory,” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack shared.
“This will allow New Zealanders and other residents in New Zealand who have not been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hot spot in New Zealand in the preceding 14 days to travel quarantine free to Australia.
“Any state or territory that imposes travel restrictions consistent with the Commonwealth-based definition hot spot will be able to participate and that is an important note.”
The travel bubble will be carried out in stages. As it stands Australians will not be able to Travel to New Zealand.
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“I know if Jacinda Ardern wants to have Australians going into New Zealand, that will be up to her,” Mr McCormack said.
The Department of Health has instigated a public health risk assessment o coronavirus in New Zealand which indicated New Zealand posed a low risk of transmission in Australia.
“We want to open up Australia to the world. This is the first part of it,” Mr McCormack continued. “We want to make sure that we get as many Australians home, we want to make sure that we get as many visitors.”