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When will New Zealand border open to Australia?

When will New Zealand border open to Australia?

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce the start date for a Trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday 6 April.

New Zealand travel restrictions have been in place since March when Australia closed its international border due to increasing coronavirus cases.

Anyone travelling to New Zealand from Australia must obtain permission from the government and quarantine for 14 days.

New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands

What time is the NZ travel bubble announcement?

The New Zealand cabinet will meet to discuss the Trans-Tasman travel bubble on Tuesday morning.

An announcement is expected at 2pm AEST (4pm local time).

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A vineyard in the Marlborough Region. Credit: Destination Marlborough.

NZ travel bubble conditions

On March 22, Ardern agreed to set the date for a Trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand was dependant on several criteria being met.

That includes:

  •  Processes created for an outbreak on each side
  • Processes for contact tracing across the borders
  • Technical issues such as Australian visa being ironed out
  •  An up-to-date assessment on the health risk from NZ Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield
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The New Zealand travel bubble is still going ahead. Credit: Shutterstock

“Opening up our borders to our nearest neighbour is a priority,’ Ardern said.

“We know what it would mean to people, but we also know that New Zealanders are nervous.”

“Cabinet will consider a date for the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble. They will announce the date on April 6.”

Air NZ’s Tran-Tasman travel bubble hint

Savvy travellers have noted that Air New Zealand has opened up return flight bookings between Sydney and Auckland from April 19.

While it’s not exactly confirmation that the Tran-Tasman travel bubble will start on that date, it is a good sign that the NZ border will open soon.

Holidays with Kids will cover the NZ border announcement as it happens. Check our website for the latest updates. 

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