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.
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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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).
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.
- 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 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.