The Australian states most likely to travel to New Zealand FIRST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given a hint about which Australian states may be the first to be included in the Australia New Zealand Travel bubble. 

Late last year, Ardern said she hoped a quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia would be in place by “the first quarter of 2021”.

No date has been set.

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia was put on hold for 72 hours earlier this month after a community case of the South African variant of COVID-19 was discovered in New Zealand. On Thursday that pause was extended following further reported cases.

New Zealand and Australia travel Bubble

But the travel bubble will still go ahead, eventually.

Speaking after the NZ cabinet meeting, Ardern hinted that two Australian states were likely to be included in a travel bubble before the rest of the nation.

“There are states that are demonstrating a very similar approach to COVID-19 that New Zealand is, and I would say Queensland is one; Western Australia, obviously, very stringent as well,” Ardern said. 

“We will continue to pursue travel bubbles with Australia and the Pacific, but the rest of the world simply poses too great a risk for our health and our economy.”