Start hitting up Skyscanner – or one of twelve BH-prescribed alternative sites – because New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has just confirmed the trans-Tasman travel bubble we’ve been hearing about all year long will finally be open to Australia by March 2021.
Although an exact start date has yet to be decided, Arden and her Cabinet have firmly agreed to establish the quarantine-free corridor on certain conditions. And pending our own government’s final approval, of course.
“It is our intention to name a date of when the [trans-Tasman travel bubble] will start in the New Year,” says Prime Minister Arden.
“The opening of the bubble is contingent on Australia’s Cabinet signing it off and that the COVID-19 situation in either country doesn’t change.”
Prime Minister Arden also noted one of the largest challenges associated with actioning such a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will involve the segregation of passengers from “safe zone” countries obviously deemed a lower risk and passengers from COVID-19 affected countries.
While New Zealand nationals have been able to enter Australian borders without quarantining since October 16th due to the former’s internationally praised pandemic control measures, the reciprocal allowance for Australians entering New Zealand represents a real turning point (and a welcome one, at that).
“I’m incredibly proud of what our team of five million have achieve… New Zealand currently has the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate and lowest number of active cases of the OECD countries.”
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