Trans-Tasman travel bubble

7th April 2021

Trans-Tasman travel bubble

Australians & New Zealanders will soon be able to travel quarantine-free between the two countries when the Trans-Tasman bubble opens at midnight 18 April 2021!

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, has announced that conditions for the travel bubble with Australia have been met and now anyone flying between Australia and New Zealand who has spent the previous 14 days in either country will not have to quarantine or apply for a travel exemption as the two countries are in a "green zone" for travel.

However, this travel bubble is not an opportunity to avoid Australia and New Zealand's international travel restrictions. This means that either country cannot be a transit destination to fly to another country. If you're planning to travel to another country, you will need to apply and be approved with a travel exemption to leave Australia or New Zealand.

Update 14 December 2020

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.

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