New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the conditions for opening a quarantine-free trip to Australia have been “met”

“The Director General of Health considers the risk of COVID-19 to be transmitted from Australia to New Zealand to be low and it would be safe to travel without quarantine,” she said on Tuesday

“The Cabinet accepts this advice and is confident not only in the Australian state but also in our own ability to manage a travel arrangement”

She warned Australians against “having to allow for the possibility of travel interruptions in the event of an outbreak”

“But for the planning ahead, we want to share as much information as possible about our decision-making,” she said

“Just as we have our alert level settings for managing cases in New Zealand, we will now have a framework for managing an outbreak in Australia

“In many ways, when making decisions about restrictions, we will treat Australia as our own region”

Ms. Ardern confirmed that the trip would continue in the same way if a case was found that is clearly related to a frontier worker in a quarantine facility and is well contained

However, if a case was found that was not clearly linked to the border and a state responded with a brief lockdown for further information, NZ would pause flights from that state in the same manner as the Ein – and exit would stop a region in New Zealand as if it were completely closed

“If we saw multiple cases of unknown origin, we would likely suspend flights for a set period of time,” said Ms. Ardern

“When travel resumes and you can come back to New Zealand you may be asked to do one of four things, depending on your risk”Just just monitor your symptoms on return Take a test before leaving Isolate on Arrival Or … go into Managed Isolation ”

for up to 14 days in some situations

The Morrison government announced last month that Australians will not need to apply for exemptions to travel to New Zealand, but will still need to be quarantined upon arrival

A one-way New Zealand travel bubble was set up in October that allows New Zealanders to travel to Australians without quarantine

The multiple stops of this bubble led to criticism from Ms. Ardern, who said that opening and closing borders in this way adds uncertainty to possible reciprocal journeys

Update 040621: Currently, Western Australia is not included in the New Zealand travel bubble Travelers arriving from New Zealand must undergo 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense. For full Western Australia travel restrictions, please visit waGovernmentau

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