The heavily discussed possibility of a Trans-Tasman Travel bubble has finally become reality, with a start date being set for April 19th.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the date during a live press conference this afternoon as all requirements for the bubble to take place safely have been met – This means quarantine free travel, which equals to SO many possibilities for international and national artists to resume live shows and festivals down under!
“The Director-General of Health considers the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from Australia to New Zealand is low and that quarantine free travel is safe to commence,” Ardern said, adding that today is a “new chapter in our recovery.”
Chris Hipkins also states that “To be eligible to travel to or from New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight, people must not have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the previous 14-day period and must not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken during that 14-day period.”
“When those in Australia decide to come to New Zealand, they will be making a booking on a green zone flight. That means that there will be no passengers on that flight who have come from anywhere but Australia in the last 14 days. They will also be flown by crew who have not flown on any high-risk routes for a set period of time.”
Passengers on these flights will also need to provide comprehensive contact information for their stay in New Zealand, complete a pre-departure health declaration and will not be able to travel if they have any cold or flu symptoms. They will also be required to wear a mask during their flight and will be asked to download and use the NZ COVID tracer app during their stay.