The Australian Government has finalised a trans-Tasman bubble deal that means Australia’s borders will reopen to New Zealand on Friday 16 October.
New Zealand residents who have not been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to travel will be able to travel into NSW and the NT without going into quarantine.
However, Australians are not yet able to travel to New Zealand, and any New Zealanders who choose to travel to Australia will have to go into managed isolation upon return at their own cost.
New Zealand prime minister Ardern has said it is still not safe to open New Zealand’s borders to Australia.
“In our view we are not ready to have quarantine-free travel with Australia. They have a very different strategy to us, and so they’re making that decision … but for now we of course have to keep our New Zealanders safe,” she said on Friday.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack announced the limited travel bubble on Friday, and said South Australia would likely be the next state to participate.
“We want to open up Australia to the world. This is the first part of it,” McCormack said.