Published: Wed, April 07, 2021
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Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

Air New Zealand immediately announced it was ramping up flights to Australia from the current four a week to more than 20 when the bubble takes effect.

Yes, that word you're looking for is "finally". According to GlobalData, this means that approximately 57% of global VFR visits to New Zealand in 2019 would have come from Australians. Australians will soon no longer be required to quarantine on arrival.

In the wake of the airline's administration in 2020, and sale to U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital, Virgin had reduced its fleet from more than 100 aircraft to under 60 Boeing 737s. It's promising to be a busy ski season for the mountains.

In the year ending December 2019, about 156,000 Australians arrived at Wellington International Airport.

"The International Aviation Support Measure is related to maintaining an international workforce and operational capability over the period to October 31, 2021", said the spokesman.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden says the country has "absolutely missed" Australia after the coronavirus pandemic led to borders being shut for more than a year.

'It could be argued that this is an even bigger win for New Zealand.

"One sacrifice that has been particularly hard for many to bear over the past year has not been able to see friends and family who live in Australia", she said.

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

"We believe that New Zealand will open to Australia on a state-by-state basis, and given the ACT's impeccable response to the pandemic, we would hope to be a consideration for the New Zealand Government", Mr Byron said.

Qantas and Jetstar will initially fly 122 services a week on 15-routes, carrying a potential 52,000 passengers.

Speaking in Wellington on Tuesday, Ardern said the travel bubble will open at 11:59pm NZT on Sunday, April 18, or 9:59pm AEST.

Australia has so far registered some 29,400 injuries, including 909 deathsMost of it is due to an outbreak in Melbourne in mid-2020, while New Zealand, which is considered the best country that has managed the epidemic, is piling up.

Anyone flying into New Zealand will go through a "green zone" in airports and be kept separate from other people flying in from around the world.

Since then, Australia has reopened to New Zealand tourists without a quarantine, but that was not reciprocated. Additionally, all passengers must wear masks on the flight and give New Zealand authorities details of where they will stay. Either, simply monitor their symptoms on return... take a test before they depart. isolate on arrival.

The interview ended awkwardly when the Kiwi prime minister refused an invitation to sing along to a classic New Zealand hit from her childhood, Dave Dobbyn's Slice of Heaven.

"People will need to plan for the possibility of having travel disrupted if there is an outbreak but to help people plan ahead and name decisions around their travel we want to share as much information as we can about our decision-making", she said. And, if there are multiple cases of unknown origin in a state, NZ will likely suspend flights for a set period of time.


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