Australians are free to travel to New Zealand without quarantine

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

"I'll be looking to use the opportunity to take prime minister Morrison to an area that has previously enjoyed high levels of worldwide visitors that we'll want to put back on the world stage", she said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday confirmed that the corridor would open on April 19, giving SANZAAR, New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia just over five weeks to ensure that the competition can begin as scheduled in the middle of May.

Since October, New Zealand travellers have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, but this had not been reciprocated.

"I can confirm that quarantine-free travel will begin in just under two weeks, at 11:59pm on April 18", Ardern announced after the date was confirmed by her cabinet. I think we now have a regime that will be flexible, but pretty sophisticated, and ultimately it means now we are in a position to welcome you here and to do it safely, which is what we are all so excited about'.

The airline group also said it would launch two new routes from Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast alongside restarting all its traditional routes between the two countries.

"We welcome them back as indeed Kiwis will be welcoming Aussies". "That is, safely opening up global travel to another country while continuing to pursue a strategy of elimination and a commitment to keeping the virus out".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was tremendous that the bubble would be open in time for Anzac Day.

New Zealand's beleaguered tourism industry said the long-awaited bubble could inject up to a billion NZ dollars (US$705 million) into the economy this year.

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"The Director-General of Health considers the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from Australia to New Zealand to now be low, and that quarantine-free travel would be safe to commence", she said on Tuesday.

Air New Zealand will also reintroduce direct services between Auckland and Perth, between Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney, and between Queenstown and Sydney.

The flare-ups have been successfully contained with snap lockdowns and Ardern said travellers needed to be aware that further outbreaks in either country could impact on travel plans.

She warned however, that travel arrangements could change "if there is an outbreak", but said going forward, New Zealand would view Australia "as a region of our own when making decisions on restrictions".

Ms Ardern said there were no conversations about the possibility of a bubble with Singapore and Australia.

Today's announcement marks the first two-way travel bubble since Australia closed its border in May. The one-way travel corridor began in October past year, allowing passengers from New Zealand to arrive in Australia without having to quarantine - but they've still been required to quarantine for 14 days after returning to NZ.

"While the airline remains committed to Trans-Tasman flying when the market fully recovers, we are mindful of evolving border requirements which add complexity to our business as we push ahead with plans to grow our core domestic Australia operations".

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