Published: Sun, October 18, 2020

Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Hits a Snag

Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Hits a Snag

Newstalk ZB's Khalia Strong was at Auckland Airport this morning, where passengers were arriving to board the first flight.

The much-anticipated travel bubble, allowing quarantine-free travel between New Zealand, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, kicked off yesterday.

Mr Andrews said yesterday that the state was "well-placed to take significant steps" to ease restrictions, but added that the next move out of lockdown would still be relatively conservative, highlighting the need to keep social distancing measures in place to avoid another outbreak.

McCormack said that was because both jurisdictions impose travel restrictions on places in line with the Commonwealth's definition of a hotspot - a place with a three-day rolling average of three locally acquired cases per day.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said restrictions on gatherings and movement were an important part of limiting mystery cases and identifying where they come from.

He said officials at the domestic terminal asked people to prove they were Melbourne residents, which he said he did, and also showed his passport.

Mr Andrews said there is no evidence the passengers have deliberately broken any rules.

"Something went wrong in this system, we shouldn't be part of it [travel bubble] Arrangement".

Global travelers will enter Australia for the first time since March after the nation's borders were opened to New Zealand in a limited capacity.

"Passengers planning to travel interstate beyond New South Wales will need to ensure they have checked state and territory travel restrictions and have the appropriate exemptions/approvals to travel as these continue to change", the statement said.

"I know the Prime Minister would be very disappointed if that happened", he said. "Mystery cases are one measure of the fact that yes, there is virus out there that we don't know about and the other point is not everybody gets tested as soon as they should".

Victoria has not accepted any global arrivals since early July.

Initial reports that the travellers were detained are incorrect, as Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services does not have the authority to do that.

He said the police would visit the passengers later today to check on welfare payments.

"Victoria has not agreed to a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand and did not expect to receive worldwide travellers as a result of NSW making that arrangement", DHHS said in a statement. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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