When will New Zealand border open to Australia?

UPDATE: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Australia and New Zealand Trans-Tasman bubble will start from 11.59pm Sunday 18 April.

Find out more details about the Trans-Tasman bubble start date here.


New Zealand travel restrictions have been in place since March when Australia closed its international border due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

Anyone travelling to New Zealand from Australia must obtain permission from the government and quarantine for 14 days.

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Blue Lake, Tongariro National Park. Image: Destination Lake Taupo

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What time is the NZ travel bubble announcement?

The New Zealand cabinet will meet to discuss the Trans-Tasman travel bubble on Tuesday morning.

An announcement is expected at 2pm AEST (4pm local time).

Queenstown Jet boat
Jet boat in Queenstown

NZ travel bubble conditions

On March 22, Ardern agreed to set the date for a Trans-Tasman travel bubble. 

Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand was dependant on several criteria being met.

That includes: 

  •  Processes created for an outbreak on each side
  • Processes for contact tracing across the borders
  • Technical issues such as Australian visa being ironed out
  •  An up-to-date assessment on the health risk from NZ Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Air New Zealand to launch Hobart to Auckland routes
Auckland Harbour.

Air NZ’s Tran-Tasman travel bubble hint

Savvy travellers have noted that Air New Zealand has opened up return flight bookings between Sydney and Auckland from April 19.

While it’s not exactly confirmation that the Tran-Tasman travel bubble will start on that date, it is a good sign that the NZ border will open soon.

Vacations and Travel will cover the NZ border announcement at 2pm on Tuesday April 6. Check our website for live coverage.

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