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Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble: New Zealand Open For Aussies This Month

A ferry sails past the Opera House in Sydney Australia

It will restore unrestricted, two-way travel between the two neighbors for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their global borders more than a year ago.

Since October, New Zealand travellers have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, but this had not been reciprocated.

Dedicated airline and airport staff for quarantine-free travel will also need to be kept from mixing with other airline and airport staff.

"New Zealand remains a key part of our short-haul worldwide network and we look forward to re-entering the Trans-Tasman market later this year", said Virgin Australia in a statement. It's the first taste of restriction-free global travel we have seen since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Air New Zealand will also reintroduce direct services between Auckland and Perth, between Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney, and between Queenstown and Sydney.

On April 19 there are three flights, before it drops to two flights a day on April 20 and 21, before it increases to four flights on the Thursday and five flights on Friday 23.

Airlines will need flights for quarantine-free travellers only, who will then need to pass through an airport without mixing with transit passengers or returnees heading for MIQ.

The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will reopen from April 19 as both countries continue to enjoy low coronavirus cases. Australians will soon no longer be required to quarantine on arrival. That policy has now been scrapped.

She said she spoke with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk regarding the bubble, and also said "dates are being discussed" regarding a visit to New Zealand by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

A Warriors NRL homecoming is still planned for June, with club boss Cameron George not keen to accelerate a return despite today's announcement of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.

"And if we saw multiple cases of unknown origin, we would likely suspend flights for a set period of time".