It’s been touch and go for a while now, but sources say the opening of travel within the trans-Tasman bubble is much sooner than we thought.
Chalk it up to the fact that we’ve been pretty much bound to our homes for the last 12 months, but Aussies are dying to travel again, and international holidays to certain destinations could be on the cards sooner than we thought.
According to federal government and industry sources, The Australian reports quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand could start as early as April 12.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry tourism chief John Hart told the paper the “19th (of April) was pretty much definite”, per what most airlines had been given.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden is expected to make an announcement earlier today that would allow reciprocal travel rights between New Zealand and Australia without the need for 14-day mandatory quarantine at either end.
At the moment, travellers from NZ can travel to Australia without having to quarantine, but the news will allow people from either country to move freely.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble had been scheduled for September 2020 but was put on ice in August as new coronavirus cases emerged stemming from overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
“I want it to be something we can stick to,” Ms. Arden previously said in a press conference, indicating she was not prepared to flip-flop. While New Zealand will not require a vaccination to travel, it’s likely a negative COVID test will be required.