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A travel bubble in place from today is finally allowing travel between Australia and New Zealand.

It has been nearly 400 days since Australian travellers have been allowed to travel overseas, but thanks to a travel bubble in place from today, it is now a possibility. Flights between Australia and New Zealand have now resumed and thousands of travellers have already booked their ticket across the Tasman.

With Australia and New Zealand both achieving relative control over the pandemic, excited travellers are now able to enjoy the freedom of holidaying overseas. It’s not just holidaymakers who are enjoying the opportunity to travel, with New Zealand citizens now able to return home. Those making the move from Australia to New Zealand are also now finally able to put plans into place.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, warned travellers of the importance of staying vigilant and abiding by the latest health advice.

“Those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware,” Ms Ardern said when announcing the travel bubble.

“People will need to plan for the possibility of travel being disrupted if there is an outbreak.”

For those in the tourism industry, the recommencement of flights brings with it a sigh of relief.

“Today’s milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe and just in time for ANZAC Day,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“Both countries have done a remarkable job in protecting our communities from COVID and two-way flights are an important step in our road out.”

Those travelling to New Zealand from Australia are currently not required to have the vaccine and need only provide details of their stay, without the need for a travel ban exemption. It is hoped that with the ongoing rollout of the COVID vaccine, and the effectiveness of the quarantine model, further destinations may join the travel bubble as the year progresses. Fingers crossed!

How are you feeling about travel recommencing? What destination would you most like to visit? Share your thoughts in the comments!

  • Things change so quickly! I am going to stay put.

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  • I personally think it is too early to travel overseas even to NZ. This pandemic is too unpredictable.

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  • Still too early to plan international travel…but looking at a fee domestic options. Love to get to the beach soon.

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  • My family and I have no plans on travelling internationally for a few years.
    We want to see more of our country before we travel overseas.
    We travelled NSW when restrictions eased and when all borders opened and it was safe to travel we travelled NSW, VIC and SA. Of course, following ALL covid safe guidelines.

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  • I am not planning to travel overseas near future.

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  • I really want to go to New Zealand because hubby is half kiwi but I think we might wait awhile until we start travelling just in case everything blows up again.

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  • I love the idea but I dont fancy being stuck there if ours or their borders close. Also knowing that NZ international borders arent closed means Covid could easily come into Australia again

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  • How great to open up some travel. I still don’t think I would travel overseas yet though, even to New Zealand.

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  • Its great to have more options but at the moment i am still happy traveling in my own state.

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  • I’m excited for this and would love to look into a holiday in Christmas break!

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  • I hope that everyone keeps doing the right thing and staying safe. I won’t be travelling any time soon though.


    • It is such a good point! Everyone still needs to follow Covid safety rules.

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  • I am hoping to travel to FNQ in June, a holiday we booked last year some time when we thought things were good. I’m just crossing my fingers we can do this short mid-winter trip. I have no further plans at this stage to travel anywhere.

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  • I’ll be waiting a while longer before we travel. But it’s great for those who’ve been waiting.

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  • I cannot wait to be able to pop on over the Auckland with the kids for an adventure!!! Hopefully a Singapore bubble is next for Australia.

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  • I wont travel until I have been vaccinated and I dont have confidence in the astra zenica vaccine so its all a no go for me at the moment.

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