Australia has announced plans for a one way travel bubble across the Tasman, with New Zealanders able to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory without having to quarantine, from October 16.
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack revealed the move this afternoon and signalled this would be the first stage in what is hoped will be trans-tasman travel across all Australian states.
There are some limitations – anyone arriving from New Zealand can’t be coming from an area descrived as a ‘Covid-19 hotspot’ – somewhere where there have been fewer than three cases for three days.
But the changes will not allow Australians to travel to New Zealand.
Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand isn’t ready for that at our end – and anyone heading across the ditch will have to complete their two weeks in managed isolation on their return.
Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts talks to Lisa Owen about the announcement. .