Jacinda Ardern has announced the New Zealand Cabinet has agreed in principle to establish a trans-Tasman bubble with Australia early next year.
While no date for commencement of the bubble has been announced as of yet, if case levels remain low we can expect a date announced for the first quarter of 2021. The New Zealand Government is proceeding cautiously and will not take any unnecessary risks, making the bubble contingent on case levels remaining low, including Australia recording 28 days without community transmission as one of the requirements of the bubble staying open. Contingency plans will also need to be in place in case there were outbreaks in Australia.
At this time all Australian states have now opened their borders to New Zealand travellers, however Western Australia continues to require 14 days quarantine on arrival.
We’ll be discussing these latest updates as well as Travel Exemption applications for both Australia and New Zealand in our live webinar tomorrow, Tuesday 15 December at 10am.