New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble’, Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that quarantine-free travel in between New Zealand and Australia will begin on Monday, April 19.

Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

toggle caption

conceal caption

Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that quarantine-free travel in between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday, April 19.

Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia and New Zealand have managed the COVID-19 outbreak much better than numerous other industrialized countries. Both countries closed their global borders to non-citizens early in the pandemic helping them to consist of the virus spread.

New Zealand and Australia will enable quarantine-free travel between the two nations starting April 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

Guests getting on flights to Australia in addition to the airline companies and airports facilitating the travel should comply with other new travel rules.

Ardern called the new arrangement the Trans-Tasman bubble.

Ardern warned travel will still not go back to what it was pre-pandemic.

Its the very first time since the pandemic required travel limitations and border closures that conditions have been met permitting passengers to fly in between Australia and New Zealand without needing a 14-day quarantine.

New guidelines

” Those undertaking travel will do so under the assistance of flyer beware,” she said. “People will need to prepare for the possibility of having travel interrupted if there is a break out.”

Authorities have taped fairly low verified cases and deaths from the coronavirus in both countries. Australia has taped about 29,400 validated COVID-19 cases and 909 deaths considering that the pandemic begun. New Zealand has recorded 2,168 validated cases and 26 deaths.

” That means that there will be no travelers on that flight who have actually originated from anywhere however Australia in the last 14 days,” Ardern said.

” The bubble will provide our financial healing a boost and represents a world leading plan of securely opening up international travel while continuing to pursue a method of elimination and keeping the virus out,” Adern said at a press rundown Tuesday.

Travelers on such flights will be brought through designated green zones at the airport, suggesting there will be no contact with other individuals traveling from other parts of the world and who are headed into isolation or quarantine.

Quarantine-free journeys will be called “green zone flights.”

Other standards guidelines for quarantine-free air travel include:

To be qualified, people must not have had a favorable COVID-19 test result in the previous 14-days and should not be waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test throughout that period

Green zone flights will be flown by crew who have not flown on any high risk routes for a set time period

Passengers need to supply detailed contact details while in New Zealand and finish a pre-departure health declaration

Travel wont be enabled if passengers have cold or flu signs

Passengers must use a mask on their flight

Tourists must download and utilize the NZ COVID Tracer app while in New Zealand

Random temperature checks of those arriving