Australia and New Zealand Permit Quarantine-Free Journey Later This Month: Coronavirus Updates: NPR

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the quarantine-free trip between New Zealand and Australia will begin on April 19. Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images hide the caption

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the quarantine-free trip between New Zealand and Australia will begin on April 19.

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New Zealand and Australia will allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries from April 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday.

Ardern called the new arrangement the Trans-Tasman Bubble.

“The bubble will boost our economic recovery and represents a world-leading agreement to safely open international travel while pursuing a strategy to eradicate and ward off the virus,” Adern said at a press conference on Tuesday.

It is the first time since the pandemic that travel restrictions and border closings are required, that conditions are met that allow passengers to fly between Australia and New Zealand without requiring a 14-day quarantine.

Australia and New Zealand have controlled the COVID-19 outbreak better than many other developed nations. Both countries closed their international borders to non-citizens at the beginning of the pandemic in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Officials have recorded relatively few confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in both countries. Australia has recorded approximately 29,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. New Zealand has 2,168 confirmed cases and 26 deaths.

New rules

Ardern warned Reisen still won’t go back to what it was before the pandemic.

“Those who do travel will do so under the guidance of ‘Flyer Caution’,” she said. “People need to allow for the possibility of a travel break if there is an outbreak.”

Passengers flying to Australia, as well as airlines and airports that make travel easier, must comply with other new travel rules.

Quarantine-free trips are known as “green zone flights”.

“This means that there will be no passengers on this flight who have come from anywhere other than Australia in the last 14 days,” said Ardern.

Passengers on such flights are brought through designated green areas at the airport, which means that there is no contact with other people who are traveling from other parts of the world and are in isolation or quarantine.

Other guidelines for quarantine-free air travel are:

  • To be eligible, individuals must not have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 14 days and must not wait for the results of a COVID-19 test during this period
  • Flights in the green zone are flown by crew members who have not flown high risk routes for a set period of time
  • Passengers are required to provide full contact information while in New Zealand and complete a health declaration prior to departure
  • Travel is not permitted if passengers have cold or flu symptoms
  • Passengers must wear a mask on their flight
  • Travelers must download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app in New Zealand
  • Random temperature checks of those arriving

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