Trans-Tasman travel bubble is set to open in TWO WEEKS but only two states and territories will benefit – and there’s a catch
Travellers from New Zealander will be able to fly in to Sydney and Darwin without quarantine from 16 October.
The agreement will free up 325 hotel quarantine places for Australians to return from overseas.
Anyone flying into Australia will have to declare they have not been in a hotspot – defined as place with three Covid-19 cases in three days – in the 14 days before their flight.
South Australia is likely to be the next state to sign up to the agreement, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Friday.
Mr McCormack said he wanted two-way travel but said no date has been set for when Australians can go to New Zealand.
The Australia and New Zealand travel bubble has reportedly been finalised. Pictured: An Air New Zealand plane is seen at Sydney International Airport on September 18
Pacific islanders will be able to fly into Australia for work after spending 14 days in New Zealand.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the deal will be great for tourism businesses.
‘New Zealanders being able to travel to Australia – that’s good for Australian tourism,’ he told 5AA radio.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said: ‘The fish are biting and the beers are cold’.
The prime minister explained states insisting on quarantine for domestic travel would not be included in the bubble.
‘We can’t have New Zealand tourists coming and taking up those quarantine places in those states,’ he said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week.
‘There is a chance that we could have Australia simply open to New Zealand because of our status and where we are right now, which is pretty good,’ she said on Wednesday.
Pictured: Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport after flying in from Auckland