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!