Published: Tue, April 20, 2021
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Australia opens quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand

Australia opens quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand

An Auckland Airport worker has tested positive to coronavirus just one day after Australians and New Zealanders resumed travel between the two countries without having to quarantine.

Air New Zealand Ltd said of the 5,200 passengers booked on Monday, 59% were travelling to New Zealand.

There were tearful welcomes as families were reunited, and there are another 30 flights scheduled today with a total of 10,000 passengers flying trans-Tasman routes.

There were 15 flight arrivals and 17 departures at Auckland Airport on Monday.

Though most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free visits from New Zealand residents since late a year ago, New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there. The sign reads "Welcome Whanau" with the second word an Indigenous Maori word meaning family.

A long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been opened, setting off a wave of emotional reunions.

New Zealand's health authorities were liaising with their Australian counterparts, Ardern said, with no initial indication that the so-called "travel bubble" between the countries would be halted.

A woman hugs her daughter and grand-daughter at Sydney International Airport
A woman hugs her daughter and grand-daughter at Sydney International Airport Credit Jenny Evans /Getty Images AsiaPac

Despite the excitement of open borders, Morrison and Ardern warned travellers to prepare for disruptions to their travel at short notice in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks, and said the risks of quarantine-free travel will be under "constant review". But they have kept their borders closed to the rest of the world, in principle only allowing citizens and permanent residents to enter following a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

Under the deal with New Zealand, passengers from Australia take "green zone flights" for those who have been in Australia for the previous 14 days.

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The Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement that the person in question is a worker at Auckland Airport.

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the two-way travel bubble "shows we're on the pathway out of COVID and back to some sort of normality" which is "going to benefit both nations".

There are no other new cases in managed isolation or in the community announced today.

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