Jacinda Ardern announces trans-Tasman bubble will start in days

Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2021

Ms Ardern said Australian travellers would be allowed to enter NZ without mandatory hotel quarantine from 19 April, but she warned people to be prepared to have their travel plans changed at short notice if there is an outbreak, including landing and going into hotel quarantine.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said frequent flyers took the opportunity to redeem thousands of points built up over the pandemic, with the rate of redemptions 80-times that of a normal day.

Yes, that word you're looking for is "finally".

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda ArdernAnnounce the action on Tuesday and set a start date Bubble both ways After months of conversations He did not rule out that in the event of an outbreak, flights would be suspended again or quarantine would be reimposed. According to GlobalData, this means that approximately 57% of worldwide VFR visits to New Zealand in 2019 would have come from Australians.

"While I was standing on the podium behind me yesterday making this announcement, I wouldn't have been off the podium for more than five minutes and a friend sent me a screenshot of her flights to come to New Zealand".

Qantas plans to resume global flights in October, which is the expected timeframe for Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively completed.

The airline will offer a limited number of flights to and from Queenstown from 18 September.

A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development and Communications said Virgin's decision to delay flights to New Zealand would not affect the funding.

'It could be argued that this is an even bigger win for New Zealand.

Qantas and Jetstar will operate 83 per cent of their pre-COVID capacity to New Zealand when the bubble launches.

"Cabinet accepts that advice and is confident not only in the state of Australia but also in our own ability to manage a travel arrangement".

Those flying between the two countries will be on a "green zone flight". Entry to New Zealand is open only to those traveling for a critical objective, while Australia is only open for those traveling with essential purposes unless the traveler is a citizen, resident, or immediate family member.

Travellers will be asked to wear masks on the plane, and to download New Zealand's contact-tracing app for use in the country.

'With high levels of pent-up demand for worldwide travel going both ways between Australia and New Zealand, both nations are likely to see the economic benefits of global tourism soon after restrictions are dropped.

An excited Ms Ardern appeared on the Today show on Wednesday morning to discuss Tuesday's announcement with hosts Karl Stefanovic and Leila McKinnon.

"While a lot of Kiwis are heading across the ditch, there have been really strong bookings for Australians coming to check out New Zealand". Either simply monitor for symptoms, take a test before they depart, isolate on arrival or possibly go into hotel quarantine for up to 14 days.

"Once we know about a case in Australia we will have three possible responses - continue, pause or suspend (flights)".