New Zealand announces trans-Tasman travel bubble update with Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Credit: BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE

7News 14 December 2020 – Australian travellers to New Zealand will finally be able to hop over the Tasman without having to go into two weeks of quarantine.

New Zealand’s cabinet agreed to establish a Trans-Tasman bubble with Australia by the end of March 2021, provided case numbers remain low in Australia.

Jacinda Ardern said the NZ government would name a precise date “in the New Year once remaining details are locked down”.

The decision will also need to be approved by the Australian government.

Ardern said logistics still needed to be worked out and an official border opening date would be announced once details were finalised.

“I think for now New Zealanders, by and large, appreciate the approach of the government to ensure that we are not taking on unnecessary risk as we going into summer,” she said.

Some of the arrangements yet to be detailed include the segregation of trans-Tasman passengers in airports to prevent cross-contamination with other international travellers and plans to deal with a COVID outbreak in either country.