THoD NewsDesk, New Delhi: Reciprocating to the travel permit by Australia for New Zealand travellers, the latter is now lifting the barrier with a travel bubble.
Speaking to the press, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said “as of April 18th at 11:59 pm, New Zealand will allow Australians to visit the country quarantine-free.”
Both the countries have successfully contained the Covid-19 virus apart from a few minor outbreaks. This decision to open a travel bubble brought relief to family members stranded since the inception of the pandemic last year.
“To continue the effective contamination of the virus, travellers presenting flu-like symptoms or a Covid-19 positive test in the last 14 days won’t be permitted to travel”, Arden added. Further expounding on the new rules, the Prime Minister said that “the flights could be suspended in case of new outbreaks.
“The travel bubble will be a new chapter in our pandemic response and recovery, one that people have worked so hard at”, she said.
This ‘Trans-Tasman bubble’ has been awaited since October 2020 when its initial proposal came to light, but the idea has been materialized this year.