So international travel is back?
In a limited way, yes! Effective 19th April, 2021 Australians can enjoy quarantine-free travel when travelling to New Zealand. Similarly New Zealanders wanting to enter Australia can do the same starting today. Travellers on the 7am flight today from Sydney – Auckland will be the first travellers who can get off the plane and out into the community becoming the very few people to bypass New Zealand’s hotel quarantine system since the start of the pandemic.
So how many flights are there?
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will see more than 30 flights depart.
Perth and Gold Coast airports will also send flights to New Zealand soon.
Ex-Adelaide flights are expected to start in early May.
Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand have all announced new routes between Australia and New Zealand, giving flyers an option to travel overseas bypassing the lengthy and costly hotel quarantine system.
The new routes for Qantas include Gold Coast to Auckland and Air New Zealand will build to 300 flights per week, with plans to be at peak capacity in time for the ski season and July school holidays.
And what are the conditions?
New Zealanders have been permitted since October last year to travel to Australia on “green zone” flights and avoid hotel quarantines. From 19th April, Australians will be able to fly into NZ without the need to quarantine.
To fly in the travel bubble:
- Passengers must have spent the previous 14 days in either Australia or New Zealand and not have returned a positive COVID-19 test within the same period.
- Passengers must not have any coronavirus symptoms and they cannot travel while waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
Flights could still get cancelled?
In the event that there is a community outbreak of COVID, the flights could still get cancelled, travellers could be asked to get covid tests at short notice and also the possibility of stay at home orders or even worse, being asked to quarantine at a hotel facility at their own cost.
It is still the ‘flyers beware’ principle that applies.
Well, its not all dark!
Imagine the possibility of flying into Auckland, visiting Rotorua, doing some fantastic hiking and not to forget the half price sale that some airlines have in place for this travel bubble. Or visit Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world for some adrenaline gushing activities.
Explore the world again – one bubble at a time 🙂